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Chelsea Plant of the Year 2015

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Chelsea Flower Show         19 - 23rd May 2015

Charles Williams from Burncoose Nurseries receiving the Plant of the Year award at Chelsea 2015We are delighted to announce we have been awarded PLANT OF THE YEAR at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

It is Viburnum plicatum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise'.  It is a striking structural shrub which has 4 chapters of added interest through the year

  • Clusters of soft white changing to pale pink lacecap flowers cover the plant from top to bottom in Spring
  • Masses of deep red berries in Summer turning glossy black as they ripen.
  • Once the berries have gone in late Summer there follows a second light flowering.
  • In Autumn the foliage attains its splendid red to purple shades
Throughout these four chapters the plant has an excellent upright habit allowing it to be easily trimmed lightly into a pyramid with horizontal layers like a wedding cake. Perfect for small spaces as the pyramid shape takes flower up vertically without robbing the light and attains app 2.5 m in height by app 1.5 m width after 10 years.

Suits sun or light shade, most soil types ph 5.6 to 7.5 and hardy to minus 18 degrees C.

Jan Willem Wezelenburg Hazerswoude discovered this as a seedling amongst the crop of the recently introduced parent V plicatum Kilimanjaro. PBR protected.

Pre-order the RHS Plant of the Year 2015 - Viburnum plicatum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise'

You can read more detail about the plant's application to become 2015 Plant of the Year here.

Viburnum plicatum
'Kilimanjaro Sunrise' with
white lacecap flowers
in early spring
Viburnum plicatum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise - Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Plant of the Year
Viburnum plicatum
'Kilimanjaro Sunrise' flowers
change to apple blossom
/pink later.
Viburnum plicatum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise - Chelsea Flower Show 2015 Plant of the Year
Here you can see the 'wedding cake' shape
of this new Viburnum
Waiting on trolley
to go to Chelsea.
Viburnum plicatum 'Kilimanjaro Sunrise - on trolleys