Pollination – Tea Viburunm

Q: I am looking for a pollinator for tea viburnum. Is there another viburnum that would suit its needs?

A: Tea viburnum has perfect flowers (male and female parts in the same bloom) but it won’t accept its own pollen. In order to get the bounteous berries for which it is famous, you need to have nearby a tea viburnum that came from different parents. Call several local nurseries and ask where they get their tea viburnum shrubs. If they come from different wholesale growers, it’s likely that you’ll get plants with different genetic parentage. These will pollinate each other nicely.

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