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Viburnum rafinesquianum Rafinesque Viburnum

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum rafinesquianum

Rafinesque Viburnum

A native species inhabiting Canada and the eastern United States and westward to Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky.  Closely related to V. dentatum.  Habit is relatively compact with fine twiggy branching and can be found growing in the understory.  White flowers in May on 1½-3" cymes.  Fruits are red maturing to black, 1/3" long but almost obscured by the foliage.  Fall color is muted red to russet-red.  Rafinesquianum will survive in impoverished soil, sun or shade, and heat and drought.  A sturdy plant for woodland conditions for the native plant enthusiast.  Zone (3)4

USDA Hardiness Zone:



5-6 Feet


6-8 Feet

Viburnum rafinesquianum Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Broad spreading

Soil Requirements

  • Tolerant of calcareous soils
  • Well-drained
  • Drought tolerant
  • Adaptable to a range of pH

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Shade tolerant

Fall Color

  • Russet-red
  • Muted red

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Red to black

Native to

  • Canada
  • North America

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous