Viburnum lantana

Viburnum lantana 'Aureum'

A yellow leafed form of V. lantana but more refined.  Grows to 8' but not as vigorous as the species.  New shoots are a pleasing golden yellow, maturing to green.  It will retain its yellow foliage if planted in the shade, which is recommended.  Flowers same as the species.  In mid summer, fruits gradually change from green to red to black with all three colors usually visible in the fruit cluster at one time.  An excellent contrast with the yellow foliage.  Introduced by Spaeth of Germany in 1921.

USDA Hardiness Zone:



This cultivar is sure to become a focal point and and a bright spot in the shade garden.

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Growing this plant in the shade will keep the foliage from maturing green and will help prevent leaf scorch.  Keep soil evenly moist.  Dry conditions can also cause scorch on the leaf margings.


8 Feet


8 Feet

Viburnum lantana 'Aureum' Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow to Moderate


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid

Sun Requirements

  • Full Shade to Full Sun

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flowering Season

  • Early to mid May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Green to red to black
  • Persistant

Native to

  • Europe