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Viburnum sargentii Sargent Viburnum

Viburnum sargentii

Sargent Viburnum

A large, vigorous growing shrub with a rounded form to 10'.  Similar to V. opulus but with darker bark and a coarser texture than V. trilobum and V. opulus.  Unlike trilobum and opulus species, the middle lobe of the leaf is usually elongated and not as toothed and the foliage is firmer textured.  More aphid resistant than V. opulus.  Large, creamy-white lace-cap flowers with purple anthers in May producing large, bright scarlet-red fruits which are persistant until the following spring.  Although the purple anthers are a characteristic of V. sargentii, it is not always a consistent trait with some plants being yellow.  Dark green summer foliage turning yellowish to reddish tones in the fall.  Although overlooked in the trade because of its size, this species is equaled only by V. opulus 'Notcutt' in profusion of flowers, fruit, and persistence of fruit.  Native to Northeast Asia.  Introduced by C.S. Sargent in 1892.  Zone 3  

USDA Hardiness Zone:



10 Feet


10 Feet

Viburnum sargentii Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

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

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Red and yellow

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Persistant
  • Abundant and showy
  • Scarlet-red

Native to

  • Northeast Asia

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous