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Viburnums

Native to North America or to Asia, Viburnum shrubs include deciduous and evergreen shrubs with multi-season interest: sweetly fragrant flowers, colorful berries, stunning fall colors ranging from glossy red to scarlet or purple. Viburnums make excellent hedge or screen plants, foundation shrubs or specimen plants. Easy to grow, most enjoy moist, rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils and are not seriously troubled by diseases or pests.


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Viburnum 'Eskimo'

Released into commerce by The United States National Arboretum in 1981, Viburnum 'Eskimo' is a very handsome and compact shrub noted for its showy creamy-white flowers in mid to late spring and its semi-evergreen foliage.

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Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora' (Koreanspice Viburnum)

Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora' (Koreanspice Viburnum) is a bushy, deciduous shrub with a profusion of large flower clusters that perfume the garden with their sweet, spicy fragrance in spring. Opening from dark pink flower buds, pastel pink flowers arranged in snowball clusters gradually fade to white as they mature. Elegantly held above the foliage, they are followed by bright red berries, borne in dense upward clusters. Coppery when young, the broadly ovate leaves mature to a dusty dark green, before boasting red shades in fall.

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Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum' (Koreanspice Viburnum)

Highly popular due to its petite size, Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum' (Koreanspice Viburnum) is a compact, rounded, deciduous shrub with a profusion of large flower clusters that perfume the garden with their cinnamon fragrance in spring. Opening from pink flower buds, white flowers tinged pink, arranged in snowball clusters gradually fade to white as they mature. Sometimes tinged chocolate or bronze when young, the broadly ovate leaves mature to a dusty dark green, before boasting maroon shades in fall.

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Viburnum carlesii 'Diana' (Koreanspice Viburnum)

Viburnum carlesii 'Diana' (Koreanspice Viburnum) is a compact, bushy, deciduous shrub with a profusion of large flower clusters that perfume the garden with their sweet, spicy fragrance in spring. Opening from red flower buds, pale lilac-pink flowers arranged in snowball clusters gradually fade to white as they mature. Elegantly held above the foliage, they are followed by bright red berries, borne in dense upward clusters. Tinged bronze when young, the broadly ovate leaves mature to a dusty dark green, before boasting purple-red shades in fall.

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Viburnum carlesii 'Spice Baby' (Koreanspice Viburnum)

Ideal for small gardens, Viburnum carlesii 'Spice Baby' (Koreanspice Viburnum) is a dwarf, bushy, deciduous shrub with a profusion of large flower clusters that perfume the garden with their sweet, spicy fragrance in spring. Opening from red flower buds, pale pink flowers arranged in snowball clusters gradually fade to white as they mature. Elegantly held above the foliage, they are followed by bright red berries, borne in dense upward clusters. The foliage of broadly ovate, dark green leaves turns glorious red shades in fall.

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Viburnum carlesii 'Spice Girl' (Koreanspice Viburnum)

Vigorous, Viburnum carlesii 'Spice Girl' (Koreanspice Viburnum) is a bushy deciduous shrub with a profusion of large flower clusters that perfume the garden with their sweet, spicy fragrance in spring. Opening from red flower buds, blushing pink flowers arranged in snowball clusters gradually fade to white as they mature. Elegantly held above the foliage, they are followed by bright red berries, borne in dense upward clusters. The foliage of broadly ovate, dark green leaves turns glorious red shades in fall.

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Viburnum carlesii (Koreanspice Viburnum)

An incredible beauty for most seasons, Viburnum carlesii (Koreanspice Viburnum) is a bushy, medium-sized, deciduous shrub noted for its heady fragrance, stunning snowball blooms and attractive fall color.

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Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin' (Arrowwood Viburnum)

Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin' (Arrowwood Viburnum) is a compact, upright, deciduous shrub of rounded habit with a foliage of shiny green leaves, that turn shades of purple-red and gold in fall. In early to mid-summer, the plant is smothered with a profusion of creamy-white flowers, followed by remarkably intense azure-blue berries in late summer and fall. Persisting well into winter, they add interest to the late season landscape, and attract songbirds to the garden.

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Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' (Linden Viburnum)

Noted for its excellent winter hardiness, Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' (Linden Viburnum) is a compact deciduous shrub of upright to rounded habit with a long season of interest. In late spring to early summer, the shrub is covered with abundant clusters of fragrant, lacy, creamy white flowers. They are followed by showy, pendulous clusters of bright red berries in fall, which persist through winter to the delight of hungry birds. In the fall, the handsome foliage of broad-ovate, wrinkled, dark green leaves, turns shades of bronze and burgundy-red.

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Viburnum dilatatum 'Tandoori Orange' (Linden Viburnum)

Viburnum dilatatum 'Tandoori Orange' (Linden Viburnum) is a compact deciduous shrub of upright to rounded habit with a long season of interest. In late spring to early summer, the shrub is covered with a profusion of large, white flower clusters, that are followed in late summer by showy, pendulous clusters of bright orange berries. In the fall, the handsome foliage of broad-ovate, wrinkled, dark green leaves, turns attractive shades of bronze, burgundy and red.

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Viburnum Handsome Devil

Viburnum 'Handsome Devil' is a colorful evergreen shrub noted for its eye-catching foliage of leathery, glossy leaves that emerge in shades of russet, red, and orange, and mature to a dark green. In early to mid-summer, delicate-looking, pure white flowers show off. They give way to small red berries which mature black. Birds will feast on them. Disease-resistant, the dense evergreen foliage makes Handsome Devil an excellent choice for mixed shrub borders or hedges.

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Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry)

Viburnum lentago (Nannyberry) is a large, suckering, deciduous shrub or single- or multi-stemmed small tree noted for its eye-catching flower clusters, shiny foliage, fall color and fruit display.

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Viburnum nudum 'Brandywine' (Withe Rod)

Noted for its breathtaking berry display, Viburnum nudum 'Brandywine' (Withe Rod) is a compact, upright, deciduous shrub with a showy foliage of very shiny oval leaves, which turns deep wine-red in the fall. In early to midsummer, the shrub is covered with flat clusters of creamy white flowers. They are followed by large clusters of berries maturing from green to vibrant pink and blue, and remaining after the leaves have fallen. This cultivar is self-fertile.

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Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' (European Cranberrybush)

Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' (European Cranberrybush) is a compact, deciduous shrub of rounded habit, adorned with deep rich green, maple-like leaves that turn attractive shades of purple and pink in the fall. In late spring, creamy-white flowers in flattened clusters are elegantly held above the foliage at the tips of the arching branches. Rich of nectar, they are loved by butterflies, bees and other pollinators. In early fall, they give way to clusters of ornamental, brilliant scarlet-red berries, which will persist into winter if not eaten by the birds.

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Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' (European Cranberrybush)

Prized by florists, Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' (European Cranberrybush) is a large, bushy deciduous shrub of rounded habit, adorned with a profusion of large rounded clusters, 3 in. across (7 cm), packed with sterile flowers in late spring. Emerging soft lime green, the eye-catching snowball blossoms change to pure white and often blush pink before they fade. They contrast nicely against the foliage of soft green, maple-like leaves that turn attractive shades of orange and red in the fall.

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Viburnum opulus 'Xanthocarpum' (European Cranberrybush)

Viburnum opulus 'Xanthocarpum' (European Cranberrybush) is a dense, deciduous shrub adorned with glossy apple green, maple-like leaves that turn attractive shades of yellow or pink in the fall. In late spring, creamy-white flowers in flattened clusters are elegantly held above the foliage at the tips of the arching branches. Rich of nectar, they are loved by butterflies, bees and other pollinators. In early fall, they give way to clusters of ornamental, translucent, bright golden-yellow berries, which will persist if not eaten by the birds.

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Viburnum opulus (European Cranberrybush)

Resembling a maple, Viburnum opulus (European Cranberrybush) is a lovely addition to the landscape, which is prized for its spring foliage color, healthy summer foliage, vibrant fall color and showy fruits.

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Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum 'Popcorn' (Japanese Snowball)

Regarded as one of the best heat and drought tolerant viburnums, Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum 'Popcorn' (Japanese Snowball) is a dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub of upright habit, adorned with strongly-veined, dark green leaves that turn attractive burgundy and red shades in the fall. In mid to late spring, the bush is literally covered with small, rounded, popcorn-like clusters of white flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm). It is hard not to be overwhelmed with the quantity of flowers that line the strongly ascending branches!

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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Shasta' (Doublefile Viburnum)

A multi-season beauty, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Shasta' (Doublefile Viburnum) is a dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub without equal when it comes to flowering.

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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake' (Doublefile Viburnum)

A multi-season beauty, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake' (Doublefile Viburnum) is a dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or upright habit without equal when it comes to flowering. In late spring, it is almost entirely covered with flat-topped, lacecap-like clusters, 4 in. across (10 cm), packed with large, showy, snow-white flowers. The blooms splayed on the horizontal branches give the plants a wedding-cake look when they appear. Flowering continues sporadically through summer and into fall.

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Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw)

Very ornamental, Viburnum prunifolium (Blackhaw) is a large, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree noted for its eye-catching flower clusters, colorful berries and attractive fall color.

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Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leatherleaf Viburnum)

Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leatherleaf Viburnum) is a large evergreen shrub of upright habit with very long, glossy, heavily veined, dark green leaves adorned with gray undersides. In late spring, showy domed clusters, 4-8 in. across (10-20 cm), packed with small creamy-white flowers are abundantly produced. They give way to pendulous clusters of bright red berries in early fall, which ripen to glossy black and often persist until early winter. Perfect for the shrub border, effective in massing or as a background plant.

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Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' (Sargent Viburnum)

Prized for its ornamental foliage and floral display, Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' (Sargent Viburnum) is a large, upright, rounded, deciduous shrub adorned with maple-like leaves that emerge deep bronze-purple in spring and turn vibrant reddish-purple shades in the fall. In late spring, the shrub is covered with swirls of lacecap flower-heads composed of showy white sterile florets radiating around a central cluster of dark red buds. Lasting a few weeks in summer, the flowers are eventually replaced by sparse clusters of berries.

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Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus)

Very ornamental, Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus) is a vigorous bushy evergreen shrub noted for its eye-catching flower clusters, colorful berries and leathery foliage. Opening from pale pink buds from winter to mid spring, masses of tiny, fragrant, white flower clusters are elegantly held above the foliage.

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