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Viburnum molle Kentucky Viburnum

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum molle

Kentucky Viburnum

A large multi-stemmed, rounded shrub growing 8-12' tall and wide, native to the central and southern states of North America.  Based on leaf ID only, it would be mistaken for V. dentatum.  The plant is adorned with glossy, dark green summer foliage and is found growing in calcareous soils.  White flower clusters in early June are borne on long stalked 2-3½" cymes followed by flattened, bluish-black fruits.  Fall foliage is red to reddish-purple.  Similar to V. dentatum with the major differences being the leaves are wider and it has a gray to brown exfoliating bark exposing a shiny brown inner bark for winter interest, much like that of Acer griseum (paperbark maple).  Found naturally growing from Pennsylvania to Arkansas and Missouri.  Zone 5

USDA Hardiness Zone:



8-12 Feet


8-12 Feet

Viburnum molle Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Tolerant of calcareous soils

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Reddish-purple
  • Red

Flowering Season

  • Early to mid June

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Blue-black

Native to

  • North America