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Viburnum macrocephalum f. keteleeri

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum macrocephalum f. keteleeri

This is the wild form of macrocephalum, displaying both fertile and non-fertile white flowers in a lacecap display on 4-5" flat-topped cymes.  Shiny red fruits turn black and are very effective.  Grows to 10-15' but not as wide making it upright in habit.  V. carlesii and V. macrocephalum f. keteleeri were crossed byDr. Donald Egolf to produce V. x carlcephalum.  He had also crossed f. keteleeri with V. x 'Eskimo' which resulted in V. x 'Nantucket' (National Arboretum 69852).  V. macrocephalum f. keteleeri was introduced from its native China in 1860. 

USDA Hardiness Zone:



This is considered the wild form of V. macrocephalum.


10-15 Feet


8-12 Feet

Viburnum macrocephalum f. keteleeri Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Upright

Soil Requirements

  • Intolerant of wet sites
  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late April

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Red to black
  • Abundant and showy

Native to

  • China