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Viburnum cinnamomifolium

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum cinnamomifolium

Somewhat similar to V. davidii except larger in habit and not as compact.  Leaves are long and narrow (4-6" long and 1-2½" wide) and very leathery with 3 distinct veins running the entire length.  Attractive reddish-brown branches and greenish-pink to red petioles.  Inflorescence is rather open, displaying off-white odorless flowers.  Although fruits are reportedly turquoise-blue, they are seldom ever seen.

USDA Hardiness Zone:


Growing and Maintenance Tips

Leaves will burn if not sheltered from winter sun and winds.  Performs better in the south than V. davidii.  The large evergreen leaves provide a nice textural contrast in the shade garden.


8-10 Feet


6-8 Feet

Viburnum cinnamomifolium Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate to Fast


  • Upright

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Well-drained

Sun Requirements

  • Part Shade

Fall Color

  • None

Flowering Season

  • Early to mid May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Sparse
  • Turquoise-blue

Native to

  • Sichuan Province China

Winter foliage

  • Evergreen