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Viburnum propinquum

Viburnum propinquum

A small shrubby evergreen listed by literature as maturing to 3' high and 3-5' wide, however, a large haystack-shaped specimen 10' high by 8' wide with tiered branching was sited by Michael Dirr at Hillier.  I believe this discrepancy is the result of site locaion and environmental conditions with the smaller stated size to be the norm.  Leaves are 2-3" long, 1-1½" wide, shiny, dark green and leathery and 3 veined.  Leaves and new shoots emerge bronze, contrasting with the older green foliage.  The 3 longitudinal veins and red-brown, lustrous and strongly lenticeled branches are clues to its identity.  Petioles are reddish-purple.  Greenish-white, non-fragrant inflorescences are borne on terminal buds.  Fruits are egg-shaped, blue-black drupes.  Wind pertection should be considered a must.  Native to central China, Taiwan, and the Philippines.  Zone 7

USDA Hardiness Zone:



3 Feet


3-5 Feet

Viburnum propinquum Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow to Moderate


  • Low spreading
  • Dense

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Blue-black

Native to

  • Philippines
  • Central China
  • Taiwan

Winter foliage

  • Evergreen