Linden viburnum is a multi-stemmed, upright to rounded shrub reaching 8 to 10 feet high and wide. Profuse clusters of white, flat-topped flowers are followed by showy red fruits often persisting into winter. Fall color can be a kaleidoscope of orange, red and yellow. A great four season plant for the shrub border.
This species has demonstrated some invasive tendency in select states. Consult your local state invasive list.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All common names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- 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
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought
Seasons of Interest:
- mid spring,
- late spring,
- late summer,
- early fall,
- mid fall,
- late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & form
A upright to rounded shrub maturing at 8 to 10 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide.
Some plants can be leggy and open at the base, while others have dense foliage to the ground.
Tree & Plant Care
Full sun to part shade in moist fertile soil.
Prefers slightly acidic soil but tolerant of organic rich, neutral soil pH.
Flowers on old wood, prune after flowering.
Plant several clones to promote pollination and insure fruit set.
Prune out dead or weakened stems.
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spots, anthracnose, stem cankers, borers
Native geographic location and habitat
China, Eastern Asia
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Flowers attract butterflies.
Bark color and texture
Fuzzy young stems are brown with prominent orange lenticels, older stems are gray-brown.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, simple, 2 to 5 inch long and 2 inch wide, broadly elliptical shape with irregularly toothed margins.
Lustrous dark green changing to russet-red to burgundy in fall. Leaves last long into fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Showy, flat-topped 3 to 5 inch diameter clusters of small creamy white flowers in May.
Can be malodorous.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Attractive and showy flattened clusters of 1/3 inch red berries.
Fruit persist into winter before they shrivel and look like red raisins.
Plant several clones to promote better fruit set.
Cultivars and their differences
Asian Beauty linden viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'Asian Beauty'): This cultivar is 8 to 10 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide. Cherry-red fruits are produced in great quantity and tend to be persistent. Fall color is a mix of yellow, orange and red.
Cardinal Candy™ linden viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke'): A hardy cultivar, grows 6 feet high with bright red fruits.
Catskill linden viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'Catskill'): a dwarf, compact habit reaching 6 feet high and 8 feet wide. Fall color is a blend of yellow, orange, and red. Fruit is a deep red.
Erie linden viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie'): a rounded 6 foot high by 10 foot wide shrub with dark green leaves that turn shades or red, orange, and yellow. Fruit ripens bright red changing to coral-pink in fall.
Iroquois linden viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'Iroquois'): A cross between two V. dilatatum selections, 10 feet high, profusion of flowers, deep red fruit and excellent fall color. One of the best forms available.