Viburnum sempervirens

A species whose most obvious attribute is its foliage which is bronze-green upon emergence, maturing to a dark glossy green.  Young stems are unique in that they are 4-sided and pale yellow the first year, maturing to red-brown and cylindrical the second year.  The elliptical-lanceolate leaves are leathery and a rich dark green.  White flowers appear on small 2" cymes, followed by red fruits.  Tolerant to heat, drought, and sandy, acidic soils.  Its main significance is probably as a collectors plant.  Native to Yunnan Province, China.  Zone 7

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Viburnum sempervirens Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow to Moderate

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade


  • Red

Native to

  • Yunnan Province China