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Judd's viburnum

Pink buds and white flowers of the hybrid Judd's viburnum

This hybrid viburnum produces early spring, snowball-type clusters of pink buds that open to white, highly fragrant flowers. A dense, rounded shrub reaching 6 to 8 feet high with blue-green leaves.  Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) is one parent of this hybrid.

Botanical name: 
Viburnum x juddii
All Common Names: 
Judd's viburnum, Judd viburnum
Family (English): 
Elderberry
Family (Botanic): 
Adoxaceae
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
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early fall
  • Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • Pink
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Round
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
More Information: 

Size & form

Full, rounded habit reaching 6 to 8 feet high and wide

Tree & Plant Care

Best in full sun for flowering potential but will tolerate part shade
Requires well drained soil and benefits with a layer of mulch
Flowers on old stems,prune after flowering

Disease, pests, and problems

Viburnum crown borer

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

Opposite, 1 to 3 inch long ovate leaves, with slightly toothed margins.
Color is bluish-green and gray-green beneath with  pubescent hairs that give it a dull appearance. Fall color is burgundy red.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

White, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inch, semi-snowball flower clusters with bright pink buds. Highly fragrant.

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.