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Viburnum sargentii var. calvescens

Viburnum sargentii var. calvescens

Selected from V. sargentii for its heavy fruit set which is bright red, larger than the species, and persists all winter.  Further proof that plants don't read books, rather than the purple anthers as reported, our plants and those sighted by Michael Dirr have yellow anthers.  Our plants exhibit a very dense habit, are self-scaffolding (branching without pruning) and are nearly perfectly rounded.  10 year old plants are 6' by 6'.  Zone 3

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Although this plant is also listed in literature as V. opulus var. calvescens, our original plants were purchased as V. sargentii so we will list it here as a variety of sargentii.  In either case, they are one in the same. 


6-7 Feet


6-7 Feet

Viburnum sargentii var. calvescens Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow to Moderate


  • Compact
  • Rounded
  • Dense

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Persistant
  • Abundant and showy
  • Bright red

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous