VIBURNUM sargentii f. flavum
Plant Common Name
Yellow-berried Sargent's Viburnum
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A magnificent rounded shrub with lacecap white flowers, yellow fruits and bright fall leaf coloring, yellow-berried Sargent's viburnum is a grand plant for regions that lack hot summers. A deciduous shrub with shiny tan bark, this species is native to northeastern Asia.
The foliage emerges before flowering occurs. Each leaf is leathery and medium green (lightly bronzed when emerging), looking like a maple leaf with the three lobes and occasional small teeth. In late spring, branches carry flat clusters of lacecap flowers. The cluster has fertile, petal-less flowers in the center, but showy, white sterile flowers in a ring around the fertile blossoms. Attracting butterflies and bees, the central fertile flowers will become bright yellow berries that persist. In autumn the foliage takes on tones of red and yellow.
Grow the flava form in a moist, well-draining fertile soil that is acidic to slightly alkaline in pH. It is best protected from drought, and hot summer regions usually finds the plant stressed. Use this handsome shrub as a focal point in a mixed border or larger foundation bed. It also can be used as an informal hedge or screen.
AHS Heat Zone
7 - 1
USDA Hardiness Zone
3 - 7
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10'-14' / 3.0m - 4.3m
11'-15' / 3.4m - 4.6m
Russia/Siberia, Eastern Asia, China
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Sharp or Has Thorns