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Viburnum sieboldii Siebold Viburnum

Viburnum sieboldii

Siebold Viburnum

A large shrub or small tree with stiff, stout, rigid branching.  Grows 15-20' tall making it an excellent ornamental tree when the lower branches are removed.  Splended long, lustrous, green foliage up to 6" long with a distinct scent (bacon-like) when crushed.  Lemon scented flowers in white flat-topped cymes in May, all perfect, and in great abundance, often masking the foliage.  Fruit starts pink, then rose-red and finally changing to black and held on red pedicles which remain effective 2 to 4 weeks after the fruit has been devoured by the birds.  Zone 4

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Siebold Viburnum Growing and Maintenance Tips

V. sieboldii and its cultivars require adequate moisture during periods of hot, dry weather or the leaves will suffer significant scorch. 


15-20 Feet


15-20 Feet

Viburnum sieboldii Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Potential for small ornamental tree
  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Drought sensitive
  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • None

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Persistant if not eaten by birds
  • Abundant and showy
  • Pink to rose-red to red to black

Native to

  • Japan

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous