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Viburnum bitchiuense Bitchiu viburnum

Viburnum bitchiuense

Bitchiu viburnum

Very similar to V. carlesii, in fact when introduced from Japan in 1911, it was initially mistaken as a form of V. carlesii.  Characteristics that set it apart from V. carlesii are narrower leaves, a taller and more open habit, and the flower clusters are more loose.  Leaves are a dull, dark blue-green.  Flower buds are a very deep rosy-pink, opening to fragrant white flowers in late April.  Fruits are red maturing to black, but as with most fragrant viburnums, sparse in quantity.  V. bitchiuense is heat tolerant which makes it a good choice for the South, which explains why V. x juddi is considered to be more heat tolerant since V. bitchiuense is one of its parents (V. carlesii x V. bitchiuense).   Zone 4(5).

USDA Hardiness Zone:



8-10 Feet


8-10 Feet

Viburnum bitchiuense Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Upright, rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Reddish-purple

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late April

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Red to black
  • Persistant
  • Sparse

Native to

  • Korea
  • Japan