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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 and the Philippines with a compact rounded habit growing 4-8 feet tall and wide.  It has shiny leathery leaves and somewhat showy clusters of greenish-white flowers but it shows off in the fall and winter with its burgundy leaves and blue-black fruits.  The fruits attract songbirds. It may be semievergreen in the northernmost part of its growing range.

Plant in average, moist, well-drained acidic soils in full sun to partial shade. in hot summer climates, it will appreciate some afternoon shade. Use as a hedge, foundation plant or in the shrub border.  

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#evergreen#wildlife plant#winter interest#fall interest#showy fruits#hedges#glossy leaves#shrub border#foundation planting#fall fruits#borders#leathery leaves#evergreen shrub#food source winter#food source fall#bird friendly#fall color red#winter color red#woodlands
 
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Tags:
#evergreen#wildlife plant#winter interest#fall interest#showy fruits#hedges#glossy leaves#shrub border#foundation planting#fall fruits#borders#leathery leaves#evergreen shrub#food source winter#food source fall#bird friendly#fall color red#winter color red#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    propinquum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds enjoy the fruits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 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)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    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 Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Glossy egg-shaped drupes turn blue-black in the fall and persist into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Greenish white flowers appear late spring on 2-3 inch wide umbel-like cymes.
  • 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:
    Crenate
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-3.5 inch long and .75-1.25 inches wide deep green leathery glossy elliptic to oblanceolate 3 veined leaves. Base is wedge-shaped or rounded, pointed tips, shallowly and sparsely toothed. Burgundy fall and winter color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    New growth is shiny red-brown with conspicuous lenticels turning gray after the first year.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Songbirds