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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):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Shrub

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Foundation,
  • Massing,
  • Mixed border,
  • Specimen

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 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7,
  • Zone 8

Soil Preference:

  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Occasional drought,
  • Alkaline soil

Seasons 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.

Location of Viburnum x juddii (Judd's viburnum) at the Arboretum

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