Many gardeners began to grow the unusually beautiful Gordovina viburnum. The shrub is a close relative of the common viburnum... Kalina Gordovina may also have other names: felt or Mediterranean.
This variety comes from Asia (southwest), North. Africa, Europe. The shrub belongs to the honeysuckle family. In the wild, the plant spreads in warm areas: Zap. Europe, Transcaucasia, Leningrad region, Siberia, Crimea, Asian regions. In cold areas, Kalina Gordovina perfectly copes with the role of an ornamental plant for landscaping... Can be successfully grown in many regions. Only the subtropical and the Far North are excluded. The plant is undemanding to the soil and unpretentious in care. Until late autumn, the shrub retains shiny black berries and red-pink foliage.
The shrub is vigorous, growing up to five meters high. It has a dense crown with a diameter of up to three meters. The branches of the plant are very close to each other and the shrub looks compact.
The shrub lives for a long time, sometimes the age reaches 50 years... Over the period of its existence, a huge root system with a large number of small roots grows. Together with the soil and vegetation, the roots form sod.
Gordovina allows you to create great design compositions.
An ornamental shrub has wrinkled oval-shaped leaves, the length of which reaches 18 cm. The leaves are wide and dense, the color is saturated dark green above, grayish below... Shoots, branches and foliage are covered with dense white hairs similar to asterisks. The buds are also fluffy and scaleless. Because of the abundant pubescence, the shrub is called 'flour'.
The plant begins to bloom in May and continues to bloom in June, the flowering period is almost a month. Numerous flap inflorescences are composed of 1.5 cm bell-shaped flowers of a creamy white color... Each flower produces a drupe berry. During this period, Gordovina's viburnum of extraordinary beauty. First, the berries turn red, then turn black. At this time, the stems consist of black and red fruits at the same time. All berries turn black in September and stay on the bush for more than 20 days. Only in October, the viburnum does not look very attractive. The berries shrivel, but the juice is still preserved in them, they can be eaten.
While the viburnum berries are red, they taste bitter, tart. Ripe black fruits have a sweetish taste. During collection, the viburnum brushes need to be cut with a pruner. If unripe berries come across in the brush, they will ripen in a container. From a 15-year-old bush, the yield is usually one full bucket... Berries are used fresh, they are used to prepare compotes, juices, jellies. It's great if some of the fruits remain on the viburnum, birds will happily eat them.
Unlike other types of viburnum, gordovina has a number of features:
Kalina Gordovina has varieties:
Both varieties are incredibly beautiful and make a great decoration.
An unusually beautiful ornamental shrub has many advantages:
Disadvantages, according to gardeners' reviews, are not observed in Gordovina's viburnum.
For reproduction of horodovina, cuttings, layers or seeds are taken.
Seeds should be sown in late October or early spring. Before sending them to the ground, you need to hold the seeds in the refrigerator for 7 months (stratification). Seeding is carried out to a depth of 3 cm. Germination begins from the root, the bud opens only the next year. A young sprout emerges from the ground. Experienced gardeners advise to accelerate germination:
The material is cut in late June or early July. The third part of the leaves is removed. The slices are placed in water with the addition of a special simulator to accelerate the emergence of roots (Kornevin, IMK). After the formation of roots, plant the cuttings in a greenhouse. Can be planted in the garden. Then you need to make a shelter from a plastic bottle, for example. The cap is regularly removed for airing and watering the sprout.
The method consists in bending overgrowth shoots to the ground. 10 cm grooves are pre-laid in the spring... Shoots are laid in grooves and covered with earth. Shoots will take root in the fall, after which they can be transplanted. You can do a transplant in the spring.
The bush divides both in the spring and in the fall. The plant is divided into several parts, taking into account that each of them has at least 3 buds of renewal.
Kalina Gordovina prefers neutral or weak soil acidity and good lighting. The plant does not like sand, peat and podzolic soils... It grows on infertile soils, but flowering and fruiting worsens.
A month before planting, phosphorus, potassium in the form of fertilizers are introduced into the soil, peat is added. In the spring or autumn is dug up landing recess 40 cm wide, 50 cm long and 40-50 cm deep... The distance between the bushes is at least 3 m.
The potting mix is being prepared:
The root system must not be allowed to come into contact with ash.
Saplings, the roots of which are closed, are placed in the middle of the depression and covered with soil. The root collar should be no more than 5 cm in the soil... The exposed roots are spread on a pile of potting soil and covered. After planting, a hole is made near the plant and water is poured into it. Then the soil is mulched with peat or wood sawdust.
Young plants need to be shed 40 cm in the evening.... Adult bushes require watering during the growing season and during fruit formation.
It is necessary to loosen the soil in the near-trunk circle for oxygen access to the plant roots.
Like all trees and shrubs, Gordovina's viburnum needs feeding:
All fertilizers are applied to the trunk circle.
Pruning of the gordovina is done in the spring. This removes diseased and old branches. The rejuvenating procedure is performed after six years, that is, old branches are cut to the very root. You need to leave 7 pieces of branches for a fruit bush.
For the beauty of the bush, twigs that are more than 40 cm are pinched with your hands.
If the viburnum needs to be formed in the form of a tree, then the central vertical trunk remains, the remaining shoots are cut off. New shoots and shoots should be cut off every year. For branchiness and beauty of the crown the growth point must be pinched.
The shrub is very resistant to diseases and pests, but some still damage plants:
Insecticides, preferably with an adhesive, help fight pests. The shield can be destroyed with karbofos. To destroy aphids, a trichogram is added to the plant.
Bushes are affected by powdery mildew and spotting... Treatment with fungicides will help fight diseases. To prevent diseases, treatment with infusions of tobacco or garlic is carried out.
Kalina Gordovina is a plant that remains decorative despite the environment and lack of maintenance. The main decorative advantage is foliage.... The shrub is ideal for cities, for planting it on streets, courtyards, squares.
Moreover, it is known that the berries of the plant have healing properties, especially when combined with honey. Compotes, jelly are prepared from berries, they are dried.
Fruit Hordovina viburnum is black and edible. It is a shrub about 5 m high. The crown is quite compact and very dense. Its diameter will be no more than 2-4 m. This shrub grows in the deciduous forests of Asia Minor, the Caucasus, Southern Europe and North Africa.
The shrub is sometimes called "flour" due to the fact that its leaves, shoots and twigs of inflorescences are covered with small white hairs. Leaflets the viburnum of the gordovina is dark green above, and below it is of a gray-felt shade, rather wide, wrinkled, of a stunning oval-ovoid shape. In the fall, the foliage will turn into fabulous red and pink shades.
In general, the plant looks very unusual. Small flowers are combined into corymbose inflorescences. Flowers of a delicate creamy white shade appear between May and June. Flowering lasts from half a month to a month.
Gordovina looks especially impressive in the process of fruit ripening. The initially red drupes that form from each flower shine and shimmer in the sun. Gradually, the color gains depth and darkens, but the fruit does not become black immediately.
The final ripening of the fruits occurs in September. Until this time, both red and black berries can be found in the seed. Decorated with gorgeous black fruits, the gordovina is worth about 20 days.
And this article tells about the privet shrub and its varieties.
Viburnum of the Gordovina variety is a deciduous shrub belonging to the Adoxovye variety. Despite the presence of quite edible berries, it is often used as a decoration in landscape design. In industrial cultivation, this variety is not used, since the berries grow and ripen unevenly.
Gordovina, aka black viburnum, has strong roots. For this reason, it is often planted on slopes to prevent ground slipping. Viburnum can grow both on fertile soil in the garden, and in the natural conditions of an open area or forest. In nature, it is often found in the Central and Southern regions of Europe. To a lesser extent, it grows in southern Africa.
The bush of black viburnum is quite tall, resembling a tree in shape. It can grow up to 5-6 m.The crown is spreading and dense, sometimes its diameter reaches 4 m.Dark green leaves are distinguished by high density, oval shape and size up to 17 cm.All branches and young shoots have white villi, which in their own way density resemble fluff.
The berries themselves are small in size, but they are tightly attached with stalks, creating large clusters. At the end of flowering, green berries grow in place of the inflorescences. In the course of their development, they change their color to red, and then to black.
Ripe fruits are slightly wrinkled, but rather sweet and juicy. They can be eaten because they are rich in vitamins and minerals.
It is a tall and lush shrub, 1.5-4 meters high, 0.5-1.5 meters wide. This plant can be cut into a tree by pruning. The viburnum gordovina has a dense and dense crown of a spherical shape. This is a long-lived plant. Young shoots grow 30 centimeters per year. In youth, viburnum grows rapidly, over time its growth slows down. Shoots - at first green, then brown, with age they turn gray.
The plant has green leaves, oval, with a sharp tip, soft, slightly rough, pubescent below. In May-June, the viburnum blooms. The plant blooms for 2-3 weeks. Viburnum gordovina has small white fragrant flowers, collected in umbrella-shaped inflorescences with a diameter of 10 centimeters. In June, green berries appear in place of flowers. In July, the fruits begin to turn red. Drupes ripen gradually. In August, several blue-black fruits appear in the scutes. The berries are fully ripe by early October.
Every gardener loves to experiment on his site, come up with an interesting design, and plant new crops. Many summer residents have discovered a very beautiful shrub Viburnum "Gordovina". Description and tips for growing will help you understand why gardeners are so attracted to this shrub.
Kalina "Gordovina" performs well the function of an ornamental shrub both in urban plantings and in private farmsteads. His description is very impressive. The dense crown has a diameter of up to three meters, the branches are located close to each other, so the plant looks lush and beautiful. Its height can be five meters high. In one place, a tree can live up to fifty years.
Fresh shoots are gray in color. Old branches look like other trees - with small cracks in the bark.
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The leaves of the viburnum are rather large - about 20 cm, have a sharp top with small notches along the edges, are attached to the shoots with thin, slightly fluffy petioles.
The outer part of the leaf is wrinkled, has a deep green color, the inner part is grayish. The leaves are very pleasant to the touch, like a soft fluffy fabric. Because of these features, viburnum received another name - felt.
The variety "Gordovina" contains plants with variegated leaves, which are even more appreciated for their decorative effect. Even in moments when the plant is not yet blooming, it looks very attractive, thanks to its unusual foliage.
And when flowers appear on the bush, it is impossible to take your eyes off it. In warm regions, the tree blooms in May, in the northern regions and the middle lane, the viburnum appears in all its glory in mid-June.
Spherical cream-colored inflorescences appear on the branches, each ball contains a large number of flowers with a diameter of about one and a half centimeters.
For a whole month, viburnum pleases those around with its beauty, this is how long flowering continues. In addition to the fact that the tree serves as a decoration for the site, flowers are also used for medical purposes.
After the buds fall, small oval fruits appear on the branches, for example, cranberries or blueberries. Like flowers, they do not crumble for a long time, and the tree acquires a new outfit for many days, changing the decoration of the garden.
The first ripening period is characterized by green berries, which at first are barely visible in the lush and dense foliage.
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But gradually the color changes, in August - pink, in early September - red, by the end of ripening - black, this is already October, and in warm regions all November.
So it comes as no surprise that gardeners have come to love the shrub for its decorative qualities. It is a decoration of the garden from early spring to late autumn.
Black berry is the main difference from the common viburnum, the berries of which are no less useful and beautiful, but have a bright red color. Care and planting for both species have a lot in common.
Very often, what is a huge plus for the southern regions can become a minus for the northern regions. The disadvantages of this magnificent shrub include the late ripening of the berries.
In the Far East at this time, frosts are already coming.
But, as gardeners note, a berry caught in a frost acquires an interesting taste with a slight bitterness, it can be used, its healing properties are not lost.
Another disadvantage that gardeners have learned to cope with is the uneven ripening of fruits on the brush, since the flowers bloom alternately.
The ideal soil for Gordovina viburnum is neutral or slightly acidic. Sandy, peaty and podzolic soils are not suitable for the plant.
On infertile soils, it will also grow, but you need to be prepared for the fact that flowering and fruiting will be impaired.
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But Kalina needs good lighting, it should be placed in sunny places, or at least in those where the sun appears for half the day.
You can prepare the soil in the following way:
Seedlings are watered in the evening, adult bushes need watering during the growing season and the formation of fruits. Loosening is required near the trunks, which will provide the necessary oxygen for the roots. Like all trees and shrubs, the Gordovina viburnum needs feeding, namely:
The shrub is one of the resistant plants in relation to diseases and pests. But this does not mean that he does not need preventive treatment. It can be struck by aphids, comma-shaped scabbard, cap moth.
In the fight against the scabbard, karbofos helps, and they cope with aphids by planting trichogramma. Powdery mildew and spotting can affect viburnum. In these cases, the plants are treated with fungicides.
And for prevention, the bushes are treated with garlic and tobacco infusions.
You can increase the number of shrubs on your site with the help of seeds, cuttings and layering, dividing the bush.
In the spring, you need to prune the viburnum. Sick and old branches are removed. After six years, all the old branches are cut off at the root, there are about 7-8 viable shoots for the development of the bush.
To make it beautiful, branches more than 40 cm long are pinched by hands. If you would like to see on the site not a bush with a rich crown, but a tall tree, then the trunk remains, and the shoots are cut off.
When harvesting, the brushes are cut with a pruner.
Kalina "Gordovina" is drought-resistant, therefore it is used to decorate squares, alleys and parks. On especially dry days, the bushes will not lose their attractiveness and will wait for rain. The plant also withstands smoke, dust and gas pollution.
It will become a wonderful decoration in the courtyards of multi-storey buildings, and will bring bright notes to the surrounding landscape.
It is readily used as a hedge; it is a beautiful and reliable protection from animals that want to enter the garden.
With its help, the slopes of areas with difficult terrain are strengthened. A powerful and branched root system is a great helper. She is able to hold the soil and prevent it from being washed out by groundwater.
From a fifteen-year-old bush, you can collect a bucket of berries. They can be consumed fresh, they make delicious compotes, juices, jellies, jam, marmalade. The berries can be dried, brewed into delicious tea, or simply drunk as a healthy decoction. By the way, birds love viburnum. And they, arriving for berries, at the same time destroy insects that harm the tree.
Obviously, those who choose this original shrub will not regret it. The shrub will be a wonderful decoration and will bear tasty and healthy fruits, rich in vitamin C and helping in the treatment and prevention of various diseases.
See the following video for a review of the Gordovina variety viburnum.
Kalina gordovina very rarely gets sick or becomes a target for pests, but some insects still have their negative effect. As a rule, we are talking about scale insects, aphids or cap moths. Of the diseases, spotting or powdery mildew is most often manifested. Insects are usually dealt with by insecticides, for example, Karbofos is used to combat the shield. To get rid of aphids, you can simply plant a trichogramma next to the viburnum.
It happens that the leaves of the bush are attacked by the viburnum leaf beetle. In this case, the shoots will have to be treated with chlorophos of the required percentage. Fungicides do well with spotting and powdery mildew. As a prophylaxis of diseases, garlic, onion and tobacco infusions are used.
Seeds “Vozrozhdenie” brand's horodovna usually give a germination rate of 81%. The bush will bloom all season. At the same time, its height will reach 3-4 m, and its diameter will be within 1.5-2 m. Hordovina bushes grow, as a rule, very quickly. At the same time, they are not afraid of any shadow, or frosts, or diseases, or various pests. This type of viburnum is insensitive to soil composition.
Usually viburnum gordovina is chosen for single plantings, however, it will look amazing both as part of a hedge, and as part of a decorative edge or other composition.
So, viburnum gordovina - an extremely unusual option for decorating a summer cottage in our latitudes. It looks incredibly beautiful during flowering and fruiting.