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Smelly Viburnum

Last post 29-06-2009 5:40 PM by bigsusan55. 13 replies.

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  • 25/06/2007 06:26 PM
    • Gordon H
    • 07 Feb 2006
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    Has anyone come across a foul smell eminating from [i]Viburnum tinus[/i]? I have three shrubs in my garden all close to each other and they smell of dogs muck. When people pass by these shrubs they check the bottoms of their shoes. They have been like this since early May and it is something I have not experienced before in the five years they have been in the border. The shrubs are suffering from a bad attack of Viburnum Beetle, but can't find any refernce to these causing the odour.

  • 25/06/2007 07:12 PM
    • sue1002
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
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    Could it just be that there is not enough air circulating between the shrubs?

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  • 25/06/2007 09:40 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
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    Is it definitely the plants? Could an animal (fox maybe?) be marking it's territory on them?

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  • 27/06/2007 05:47 PM
    • Gordon H
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    We do have foxes visiting our garden, but have had since moving here in 2001and haven't had this odour before. It's not the sort of smell I would associate with territory marking and have seen them marking all over the garden so why is the smell just around the Viburnum shrubs? I have searched in and around the shrubs to try and identify other sources of the smell but there is nothing obvious.

  • 27/06/2007 05:56 PM
    • Gordon H
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    There seems to be plenty of air movement but the smell is much stronger than that of stale air, but it is stronger on days when the air is still, warm and humid. It may that the odour is concentrated due to the low air flow, but I would put that down to a contributing factor rather than the underlying cause.

  • 28/06/2007 08:17 PM
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    Gordon I raised the same question last year and it just seems inate in some of them - You will have to cut and paste this link into your browser as it won't click: [url=http:///ibb/posts.aspx?postID=7195&postRepeater1-p=1#7314]http://www.rhs.org.uk/ibb/posts.aspx?postID=7195&postRepeater1-p=1#7314[/url] Boggy [Edited on 28/06/2007]

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  • 29/06/2007 10:42 AM
    • miranda
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    Just been having a read up on this and it seems that the smell might be caused by mildew. On another forum, someone said that if the plants are pruned late, then they produce another flush of flowers which is often affected by mildew and smells nasty. I haven't noticed any bad smells from the Viburnum tinus here, but they haven't been pruned. Could it be an answer, do you suppose?

  • 29/06/2007 11:16 PM
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    I cannot recall ever seeing viburnum tinus with mildew and I have looked at them by the thousands . Boggy

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  • 30/06/2007 11:25 AM
    • miranda
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    I haven't seen viburnum with mildew either, Boggy, but thought I'd mention what I'd read, just in case.

  • 11/07/2008 12:52 PM
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    I have noticed davidia or handkerchief tree has a cat pee smell too - has anyone else noticed this?

     

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  • 11/07/2008 02:52 PM
    • sue1002
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    I haven't come across Davidia before boggy so I wouldn't know.  

     

    When I was pruning the rather overgrown (for it's space) Viburnum earlier on, I got the whiff of dog pee, then I realised where I had been standing - right in the middle of a puddle that was made earlierTongue Tied

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  • 23/07/2008 07:08 PM
    • hilaryh
    • 23 Jul 2008
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    Although you wrote this some time ago, I have experienced exactly the same problem with a Viburnam!    The same smell and also a bad attack Viburnum beetle.   How did you resolve it in the end?  I have, just this week resorted to removing the bush!

  • 29/06/2009 03:16 PM
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    Hi. I've only just found your post whilst looking for a cure for my Virburnum Tinus which has a terrible case of powdery mildew, deformed yellowing leaves and a horrible smell. I haven't yet checked out the beetle situation! did you find a way to sort out your plants' problem?

     

  • 29/06/2009 05:40 PM
    • bigsusan55
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     I had exactly the same problem - vibernum tinus with the beetle, which smelt appalling.  I've "cured" it by getting rid of the vibernum.

    Susan B