Viburnum x bodnantense 'Charles Lamont'

Hybrid Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum x bodnantense 'Charles Lamont' (ex: Louis Raymond) - This is probably the most beautiful of the winter blooming viburnums. Flowers are a bit larger than 'Dawn', its sister seedling. Deliciously fragrant cymes of pink flowers may display as early as November with best flowering in late winter, March. The densely-packed funnels emerge from dark red fruit-juicy petioles which from the distance only deepen and enrich the overall pink shade of the entire cluster. Narrow leaves are bigger, too. The foliage follows the flowers and turn reds and yellows before leaf drop in autumn. The outline of the shrub is loosely vase-shaped. Though 'Charles Lamont' will tolerate dappled shade it will be happiest in full sun where you will likely achieve better flowering and autumn leaf color. This fine cultivar may be more free flowering in the warmer end of its possible planting range. Fertile moisture retaining soil that drains. Established potted Viburnum from cutting.


10-12 ft


7-10 ft


Item Description Price  
VIBCHAR Viburnum x 'Charles Lamont' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $35.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum x bodnantense 'Charles Lamont'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Winter
  • Late Autumn

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun


  • Hedgerow
  • Border
  • Fragrant
  • Specimen
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

Viburnum. This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Garden heroes. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Some smell of musk (Viburnum dilatatum) while others produce no fragrance at all. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit. Viburnum cassinoides is closely allied with V. nudum; but if the flowering times do not overlap then there will be no fruit. However, if you plant V. nudum 'Winterthur' in proximity with V. nudum var. angustifolium, 'Longwood', 'Moonshine' or 'Pink Beauty' berries will abound. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum f. tomentosum selection such as 'Shasta' or 'Shoshoni' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum f. tomentosum selections like 'Copper Ridges or 'Pink Beauty'. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum f. tomentosum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. As with almost all in the universe of plants there are exceptions. There is one viburnum which appears to be self-fruitful, Viburnum setigerum the Tea Viburnum. Another interesting exception to the rule is Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty' which is also self-fruitful - a departure from its siblings. And on the other spectrum are two I can think of off-hand that are barren, Viburnum plicatum 'Roseum' and Viburnum plicatum 'Kern's Pink'. Oftentimes, the dwarf viburnums reamin in a juvenile state and do not produce fruit. All Viburnum of any size that do produce fruit are magnificent in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown. Many thanks to Gary Ladman of Classic Viburnums who generously set us straight regarding some of the details we had originally incorrectly lauded... ya can't know everything!