TREES & plants

Siebold viburnum

This large shrub or small tree has glossy dark green leaves with toothed edges. In May it has creamy-white flowers that are followed by red berries. The leaves, which sometimes turn burgundy in fall, have an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Botanical name: 
Viburnum sieboldii
All Common Names: 
Siebold viburnum
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Hedge
  • Mixed border
  • Screen
Size Range: 
  • Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Compact tree (10-15 feet)
  • Large shrub (more than 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
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Round
  • Upright
Growth Rate: 
  • Moderate
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

This plant is difficult to locate in nurseries.


Disease, pests, and problems


Disease, pest, and problem resistance


Native geographic location and habitat



Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife


Bark color and texture 


Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Siebold viburnum (Viburnum sieboldii)Siebold viburnum leavesphoto: John Hagstrom

Color: green

 Fall Color: burgundy


Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Arrangement: clusters


Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Fruit changes from red to black in late season.


Cultivars and their differences