A large shrub or small tree with stiff, stout, rigid branching. Grows 15-20' tall making it an excellent ornamental tree when the lower branches are removed. Splended long, lustrous, green foliage up to 6" long with a distinct scent (bacon-like) when crushed. Lemon scented flowers in white flat-topped cymes in May, all perfect, and in great abundance, often masking the foliage. Fruit starts pink, then rose-red and finally changing to black and held on red pedicles which remain effective 2 to 4 weeks after the fruit has been devoured by the birds. Zone 4
V. sieboldii and its cultivars require adequate moisture during periods of hot, dry weather or the leaves will suffer significant scorch.