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Siebold Viburnum Viburnum sieboldii

Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num see-BOLD-ee-eye
Description

Siebold Viburnum is an easy to grow shrub from Japan with stiff erect branches and an open habit that can also be grown as a small tree. Prefers moist well-drained soils and is adaptable to most soil types and pHs. Leaf scorch can happen in drought conditions. It blooms heavily with creamy white flowers that become red to black berries. The fall color is reliable. This plant does best in cool summer climates and should not be planted beyond zone 7.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Seneca'
    Abundant red long-lasting fruit
'Seneca'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#white flowers#shrub#fall interest#showy fruits#deer resistant#bird friendly#partial shade tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Seneca'
    Abundant red long-lasting fruit
'Seneca'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#full sun tolerant#white flowers#shrub#fall interest#showy fruits#deer resistant#bird friendly#partial shade tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    sieboldii
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruit attracts birds and is mildly resistant to deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Open
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • 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)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    0.3 to 0.5 in. rose-red drupe that turns black on red stems. Persists into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Creamy white flowers are borne in profusion in spring on 3-6 inch flat-topped cymes. Individual flowers are 5-petaled with long stamens. They can have an unpleasant aroma.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-5 inch oval glossy bright green leaves with serrated margins have reliable reddish-purple fall color. Undersides are paler with hairs. Has an unpleasant aroma when crushed.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Bark Description:
    Gray alligator-like bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Leaf Scar Shape:
    Encircles a bud
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    Stout gray stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer