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Viburnum propinquum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
vy-BUR-num prop-IN-kwum
Description

Chinese Evergreen Viburnum is an evergreen shrub native to the forested areas of China with a compact rounded habit.  It has shiny leathery leaves and somewhat insignificant flowers but it shows off in the fall and winter with its burgundy leaves and blue-black fruits.  The fruits support local songbirds as a valuable food source through the winter.

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Tags:
#evergreen#wildlife plant#winter interest#fall interest#showy fruits#hedges#glossy leaves#shrub border#foundation planting#woodland#fall fruits#borders#leathery leaves#evergreen shrub#food source winter#food source fall#bird friendly#fall color red#winter color red
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#wildlife plant#winter interest#fall interest#showy fruits#hedges#glossy leaves#shrub border#foundation planting#woodland#fall fruits#borders#leathery leaves#evergreen shrub#food source winter#food source fall#bird friendly#fall color red#winter color red
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    propinquum
    Family:
    Adoxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds enjoy the fruits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • 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)
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Glossy egg-shaped drupes turn blue-black in the fall and persist on the plant.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Umbel
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Greenish white flowers appear late spring on umble-like cymes 2"-3" across.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3 1/2" long deep green leathery glossy elliptic to oblanceolate 3 veined leaves. Burgundy fall and winter color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    New growth is red-brown turning gray after thee the first year.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Songbirds