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VIBURNUM sargentii

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Gary Ladman, Classic Viburnums

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

VIBURNUM sargentii

Plant Common Name

Sargent's Viburnum

Special Notice

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General Description

A magnificent rounded shrub with lacecap white flowers, red fruits and bright fall leaf coloring, 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 scarlet red berries that persist. In autumn the foliage takes on tones of red and yellow.

Grow Sargent's viburnum 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. Selections 'Onondaga' and 'Susquehanna' are two introductions from the Unites States National Arboretum that are popular with their compact habit and heavy berry production, respectively. Form flava produces yellow fruits.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-14' / 3.0m - 4.3m

  • Width

    11'-15' / 3.4m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, Eastern Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes