TREES & plants

Tea viburnum

This little known viburnum produces a spectacular display of fruit in late season.  The white flowers are not as showy as those of other viburnum, but still attractive.

Botanical name: 
Viburnum setigerum
All Common Names: 
Tea viburnum
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
  • Wet sites
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Multi-stemmed
  • Upright
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Early fall
  • Mid fall
  • Late fall
More Information: 


8 to 12 feet high and 5 to 8 feet wide

Tree & Plant Care

Prune after flowering, but 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 China

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple leaves in pairs (opposite)

Bluish green leaves in summer; very little fall color (reddish purple)

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small flat-topped to slightly domed clusters of white flowers

Not as showy as other species of viburnum

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Tea viburnum (Viburnum setigerum)Tea viburnum fruitphoto: John Hagstrom

Bright red berry-like fruits; very showy