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Judd's viburnum

This hybrid viburnum produces snowball-type clusters of white, highly fragrant flowers in spring and provides purple leaf color in autumn.  Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) is one parent of this hybrid.  Flower production on Judd's viburnum tends to be a bit heavier than that of Korean spice viburnum.

Botanical name: 
Viburnum x juddii
All Common Names: 
Judd's viburnum
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Massing
  • Foundation
  • Mixed border
Size Range: 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early fall
  • Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Round
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
More Information: 


6 to 8 feet high and wide

Tree & Plant Care

Prune after flowering

Disease, pests, and problems

No serious problems

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Resistant to bacterial leaf spot

Native geographic location and habitat

Of hybrid origin; a cross between Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) and Bitchiu viburnum (Viburnum bitchiuense)

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple leaves arranged in pairs (opposite)

Dark green and slightly rough

Fall color is purple

Judd's viburnum (Viburnum x juddii)Judd's viburnum (Viburnum x juddii)photo: John Hagstrom

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Fragrant, white flowers in snowball-type clusters

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Berry-like fruits (drupes) that mature from red to black in late summer and fall.

Not always produced in great numbers