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Viburnum x pragense Prague Viburnum

Viburnum x pragense

Prague Viburnum

A hybrid cross between V. rhytidophyllum and V. utile made at the Prague Municipal Gardens, Czech Republic in 1955.  An attractive, fast growing shrub, growing to 10' tall and 8-10' wide giving it upright oval to oval-rounded.  The very waxy foliage is dark green above and felt gray beneath, 2-4" long, elliptic-lanceolate, and semi-evergreen.  Flower buds are flat and pink, opening to pinkish-white, slightly fragrant 3-6" cymes in May.  Fruit is red, changing to shiny black but very sparse to non-existent.  Severe leaf burn but no stem or bud damage at -17°.  The evergreen foliage makes it an excellent screening plant while the very waxy leaves and fine texture lends its use as an accent plant.  The growth extensions are very vigorous and need to be pruned to achieve density.  It can be easily trimmed as a formal hedge and I have been told of pragense being sheared as a capitata yew at a cemetery in downtown Kansas City.  Zone 5

USDA Hardiness Zone:



10 Feet


8-10 Feet

Viburnum x pragense Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate to Fast


  • Upright, rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Sparse
  • Red to black

Winter foliage

  • Semi-evergreen