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Emerald Triumph viburnum

Emerald Triumph viburnum is a cross between Viburnum  rhytidophylloides  Allegheny’ and Viburnum burejaeticum. The compact rounded shrub has white, flat-topped flowers followed by persistent green to red to black fruits. The thick, leathery dark green leaves turn yellow and red in the fall.

Botanical name:

Viburnum 'Emerald Triumph'

All Common Names:

Emerald Triumph viburnum

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Shrub


  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Foundation,
  • Hedge,
  • Massing,
  • Mixed border,
  • Screen,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)

Mature Height:

6 to 8 feet high

Mature Width:

6 to 8 feet wide

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 3,
  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7

Soil Preference:

  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Occasional drought,
  • Alkaline soil,
  • Clay soil

Acid Soils:

  • Tolerant

Alkaline Soils:

  • Tolerant

Salt Spray:

  • Intolerant

Soil Salt:

  • Intolerant

Drought Conditions:

  • Moderately Tolerant

Poor Drainage:

  • Intolerant

Ornamental Interest:

  • Spring blossoms,
  • Fall color,
  • Persistent fruit/seeds,
  • Showy fruit,
  • Showy flowers

Season of Interest:

  • Early summer,
  • Mid summer,
  • Late summer,
  • Early fall,
  • Mid fall,
  • Late fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • White

Shape or Form:

  • Multi-stemmed,
  • Round

Growth Rate:

  • Moderate

More Information:

Size & Form

A compact, 6 to 8 feet high and wide shrub

Tree & Plant Care

Best grown in full sun to part shade.
Roots of viburnums are fibrous and wide-spreading, prefers fertile, slightly acid soil with lots of organic matter.
Tolerant of dry soil once established. Mulch well to retain moisture.
For best fruiting potential plant another viburnum of same species, that flowers at the same time to protmote better pollination.
Prune only to control size. Remove older stems to the ground.
Flowers on older wood so best pruned right after flowering.

Disease, pests, and problems

Viburnum stem borer, viburnum leaf beetle, aphids, and powdery mildew

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Tolerant of dry soil and windy sites.

Native geographic location and habitat

An introduction from University of Minnesota
A cross between Viburnum rhytidophylloides ‘Allegheny’ and Viburnum burejaeticum.

Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife

Birds are attracted to fruit once it has gone through several frosts and softens.

Bark color and texture 

Gray to brown in color

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Opposite, simple, oblong to elliptical, 3 to 6 inches long.
Dark green leathery leaves turn yellow and red in the fall. 

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Flat-topped, 3 to 4 inch diameter,  flower clusters, creamy-white. No fragrance.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Cluster of red changing to black fruits (drupe) in late summer.
Fruit set more prolific if other viburnums are in the same area.

Location of Viburnum 'Emerald Triumph' (Emerald Triumph viburnum) at the Arboretum

We do not seem to have this in our living collection.