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Linden viburnum

Linden viburnum produces bright red fruit.

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.


Botanical name:

Viburnum dilatatum

All common names:

Linden viburnum

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Shrub

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Hedge,
  • Massing,
  • Mixed border

Size Range:

  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)

Light Exposure:

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

Hardiness Zones:

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

Soil Preference:

  • 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:

  • White

Shape or Form:

  • Multi-stemmed,
  • Open,
  • Upright

Growth Rate:

  • Moderate

More Information:

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.

Location of Viburnum dilatatum (Linden viburnum) at the Arboretum