One of the best fruiting viburnums, this little known viburnum produces bright red fruit clusters, white spring flowers and muted red fall color. A good plant for sun or shade reaching 8 to 12 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide. May be difficult to find in nursery trade.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- 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 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Early fall,
- Mid fall,
- Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
Upright, multi-stemmed shrub, often leggy at base.
8 to 12 feet high and 5 to 8 feet wide
Tree & Plant Care
Full sun for best flowering , tolerant of part shade.
Moist well drained soil.
Prune only as needed so the fruit display will not be reduced unneccesarily
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to central and western China
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, 3 to 6 inch long elliptical leaves with a bluish green color above, lighter green beneath; fall color is a muted redish purple.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Small, 1 to 2 inch flat-topped to slightly domed clusters of white flowers
Not as showy as other species of viburnum
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
photo: John Hagstrom
Bright red berry-like fruits; very showy on long stalks (peduncles)