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Viburnum luzonicum

Viburnum luzonicum

Virtually unknown in the United States.  Rapidly growing, 8' by 6' in 5 years.  Although it can reach 20' in its native habitat, garden culture is more likely 12-15'.  Quite variable in leaf and form depending on habitat, thus creating complications in nomenclature.  Habit can be broad, mounded to haystack.  In either case, habit is very dense with thickly set twiggy branches and leaves.  White flowers are small (1-2" cymes) and have an "off odor" similar to V. dilatatum.  Fall color is consistent from year to year and long persisting reddish-purple.  In the wild it occurs in shady locations but at the University of Georgia hort. farm it is very content in full sun.  Native to the Phillippines, southern and western China, Indo-China, and Taiwan.  Zone 7

USDA Hardiness Zone:



12-15 Feet


12-15 Feet

Viburnum luzonicum Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate to Fast


  • Broad, rounded
  • Dense

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Shade tolerant

Fall Color

  • Reddish-purple

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Sparse
  • Red

Native to

  • Indo-China
  • Southern China
  • Taiwan
  • Philippines
  • Western China