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Viburnum luzonicum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
vy-BUR-num loo-ZAWN-ih-cum
Description

Luzon Viburnum is a large deciduous shrub native to open woodlands, roadsides and disturbed areas of eastern Asia.  It is rarely grown in the USA. The shrub can grow to 15 feet tall with a similar spread and is variable in leaf shape and form depending on its habitat. It is generally a dense, twiggy, rounded to haystack shrub that makes a good hedge. 

Plant in the full sun to partial shade in high organic matter well-drained soils.  Mature plants tolerate some drought.    Flowers are small and white and have a slighly unplesant fragrance.  Flowers are followed by rounded fruits that start off red and turn black giving fall and winter intrest to the plant.  Leaves also provide fall and winter intrest by turning purple-red.  Leaves often remain on the plant through winter until new growth occurs in the spring.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'BLV01' Snow Joey™
    More compact
'BLV01' Snow Joey™
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#white flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#spring flowers#winter interest#fall interest#hedges#privacy#large shrub#foundation planting#red fruits#hard to find#fall fruits#screening#black fruits#winter fruits#fall color red#malodorous#winter color red#fall color purple#winter color purple#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'BLV01' Snow Joey™
    More compact
'BLV01' Snow Joey™
Tags:
#deciduous#drought tolerant#white flowers#deciduous shrub#low maintenance#spring flowers#winter interest#fall interest#hedges#privacy#large shrub#foundation planting#red fruits#hard to find#fall fruits#screening#black fruits#winter fruits#fall color red#malodorous#winter color red#fall color purple#winter color purple#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    luzonicum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Pillippines, Taiwan, Vietnam
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Broad
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Round fruits start out red and mature to black. Sparsely produced.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Small umbel-like cymes of white flowers bloom mid to late spring. The fragrance is slightly unpleasant.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, 4" long elliptical to ovate. Red-purple fall color. Variable leaf shapes depending on habitat. They can be oval to oblong to ovate
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought