How to cultivate this plant

Asked June 14, 2019, 3:41 PM EDT

Hello, The MD State Hwy dept planted these lovely bushes alongside the front of my property, but I didn't get the name of the plant. I'd like to do two things: get more of these fro the rest of my property boundary, and thicken up the lower part (I want a visual road block). Two questions: Can I make new plants from stems in the ground? Second, If I cut some lower branches, will they branch out thus thickening the bush? Please advise. Two pix attached. Thanks! (2nd submittal, 1st didn't do thru)

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

This shrub looks like a type of viburnum and there are many species. We cannot make an accurate identification. Some possibilities may be
Viburnum rhytidophyllum, Leatherleaf viburnum or
Viburnum 'Pragense', a cross between Viburnum rhytidophyllum and Viburnum utile.
Viburnum can be propagated by a number of methods including cuttings (softwood and hardwood) and layering. Here are links on stem cuttings and procedures from NC State.
and layering
You will have to experiment with propagation.
You can try pruning to achieve some density. The timing of pruning depends on the flowering season. For spring flowering species prune after flowering. If the viburnum blooms in the summer, prune before spring growth.