Fragrant viburnum, most commonly used in shrub borders, is an upright shrub, named for its small, fragrant, pinkish-white flowers in April. Additionally, red fruits and reddish-purple fall foliage add color to the landscape in autumn. Note that fragrant viburnum should be planted in a protected site to avoid stem dieback under exposed conditions.
- Mixed border
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Zone 8
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Early spring
- Mid spring
8 to 10 feet high and wide
Tree & Plant Care
This plant needs a protected site.
Prune after flowering
Disease, pests, and problems
If not protected, this plant will suffer from stem dieback under exposed conditions.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to China, mountainous areas
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple leaves in pairs (opposite)
Fall color is reddish purple
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Small fragrant, pink flowers in loose clusters
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Red fruits appear in fall but may be few in number as flowers are often killed by frost in spring.