Approximately 150 species of Viburnum are known from North America, Europe, Asia and northern Africa. This is a large shrub from Asia
that can be trimmed as a small tree. Maximum size is reported to be twenty feet
tall and equally wide. It has large, shiny evergreen leaves. Flowers are small
and inconspicuous but reportedly fragrant. Fruits are red. Its ability to grow
in soils with high concentrations of heavy metals is reported from China.
This shrub is available in nurseries but is not common in
landscapes. Since it is usually grown as a shrub, it is best used on large
properties. With a little pruning, it could make an attractive small tree for
smaller properties. This plant has been confused in literture with Viburnum odoratissimum, another large
shrub with smaller, duller leaves and fruit.that turns from red to black as it
This plant can be seen along the UNF Drive loop on the brick wall in back of building 6.
Large shrub with a maximum height of about twenty feet.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: moderately drought tolerant, responds well to irrigation
Soil: average garden soil, no special requirements
This is a fairly easy shrub for large gardens in northeast Florida. It will require
irrigation during extended droughts.
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