If you’re noticing lots of holes in the leaves of your viburnums from late spring through summer, chances are good that you have viburnum leaf beetle (VLB). Native to Europe, VLB was accidentally introduced to North America sometime in the last century. Since then, it has become a significant landscape pest and has discouraged the planting of susceptible viburnum species.
Donna Miller received associate and bachelor degrees in animal science from UNH and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, but she wishes she had added floriculture to those studies. No matter, because for more than 20 years Donna has been an exceptional gardening and pollinator educator.