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Gary Ladman, Classic Viburnums
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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.
7 - 1
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
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Light Pink
Green, Dark Green
Yellow, Red, Bronze
Tan, Sandy Brown
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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