Siebold viburnum

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Siebold viburnum
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Identification Notes
Best grown in an average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, but does not do well if soil dries out. Pruning should be done after flowering.
Native Habitat
Japan. Hardy zones 4-7.
Growth Habit
Upright, multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree growing 15-20' tall and 10-15' wide.
Open habit.
Siebold viburnum habit
Opposite, elliptic to oblong leaves 2-5" long with serrated margins. Pubescent leaf veins and petioles.
Medium to dark green leaves. Does not have good fall color.
Leaves have an unpleasant to green pepper aroma when crushed or bruised.
Siebold virburnum leaves
Bark and Stems
Gray bark, stout stems, prominent lenticels. Alligator-like bark.
Leaf scar connects around the stem.
Small cream colored flowers in flat-topped cymes 3-6" wide. Very showy in mid to late May.
Flower cyme
Siebold viburnum flower
Oval drupes 1/3-1/2" in clusters. Drupes are red maturing to black as they ripen from September to October. Can persist into winter.
Attractive to birds.
ripening fruit cluster
Bloom Time
Common Problems
No serious insect of disease problems.
Varieties or Cultivars
'Seneca' - abundant red fruit; dark green foliage than can turn red in fall.
Landscape Uses
Specimen or small groups, shrub borders, or screens.