Viburnum sieboldii 'Seneca'

A U.S. National Arboretum selection introduced in 1966.  Selected from a batch of self pollinated seedlings for its abundacne of flowers and fruit.  A large shrub with dark green foliage growing 15' to 20' high and nearly as wide making it a good candidate when grown as a single or miltistemmed ornamental tree.  Massive creamy-white flowers bloom May to early June followed by orange-red fruits progressing to blood-red, finally maturing to black.  Fruits are supported above the foliage on red pedicels which remain effective long after the fruits have fallen.  Fruits are reportedly not eaten by the birds as they find them to be either unpalatable or a lack of fondness to the firm texture.  This is not necessarily a bad feature as it offers a longer ornamental effect than some of the other viburnums whose fruit falls to the fate of our feathered friends.  Zone 4

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Fruit is supported above the foliage on shout red pedicels which remain visible and effective long after the fruit has fallen.

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Maintain even soil moisture as leaf scorch will develop under periods of extended dry conditions or drought.


15-20 Feet


15-20 Feet

Viburnum sieboldii 'Seneca' Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate to Fast


  • Potential for small ornamental tree
  • Upright, rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid
  • Drought sensitive

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Abundant and showy
  • Persistant
  • Dark red

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous