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Viburnum sargentii

Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga'

An outstanding selection introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum in 1966 as a result of the work of Dr. Donald Egolf.  Upright habit when young, then more rounded with age.  A superior cultivar featuring both ornamental foliage and floral displays. Leaves emerge fine textured, velvety, and maroon, later turning green but retaining a moroon tinge.  This makes a vivid contrast for the new foliage which continues to emerge maroon.  Showy maroon buds open in May to pinwheel-type creamy-white flowers with a pink tinge and purple anthers.  The inflorescence, when opened, has a dainty, airy appearance that we like to think of as having a Milky Way effect.  Red fruit is sparse.  Fall color is red.  A must have plant as a specimen or in mass plantings.  Zone 4

USDA Hardiness Zone:



6-8 Feet


6 Feet

Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga' Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Upright, rounded
  • Upright

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Red

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Sparse
  • Red

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous