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Viburnum sieboldii

Viburnum sieboldii 'Wavecrest'

Similar in some respects to the species but with larger, thicker leaves.  New spring growth is dark red, resulting in a striking contrast against older maturing green leaves.  Introduced by Dr. Eugene Coffman (friend and plant enthusiast) of Bellevue Iowa after he received it from Bob Tomayer of Wavecrest Nursery, Michigan, hence its name.  Abundant red fruits are suspended in a panicle on red pedicels.  After 8 years our plants are 10-11' tall and 6' wide but will eventually mature rounded with maturity. Can be grown as a single stem tree form.  Reported to us by Dr. Coffman to have survived -30°.  Zone 4

USDA Hardiness Zone:



15-18 ft


15-18 ft

Viburnum sieboldii 'Wavecrest' Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate to Fast


  • Potential for small ornamental tree
  • Broad, rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid
  • Drought sensitive

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Brick-red

Flowering Season

  • Early to mid May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Abundant and showy
  • Dark red
  • Persistant if not eaten by birds

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous