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Viburnum japonicum Japanese Viburnum

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum japonicum

Japanese Viburnum

A rounded, evergreen shrub from Taiwan and Japan with purple-brown branches growing to 6-8' high and wide.  Lustrous dark green leaves up to 6" long and 4" wide are wavy in the upper half.  Very fragrant white flowers open on 3-5" flat cymes.  Shiny red fruits are 1/3" long, flattened, and very impressive. 

USDA Hardiness Zone:


Japanese Viburnum Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in partial shade to full sun in well drained soil and protect from desicating winter winds.


6-8 Feet


6-8 Feet

Viburnum japonicum Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Part Shade to Full Sun

Fall Color

  • None

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Abundant and showy
  • Red

Native to

  • Taiwan
  • Japan

Winter foliage

  • Evergreen