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Viburnum utile Service Viburnum

Viburnum utile

Service Viburnum

V. utile is rarely seen in the trade, probably due to its open habit and small leaves and is most probably considered a collectors item.  However, it has contributed immensely to the Viburnum world as a breeding parent.  Offspring include V. x burkwoodii and its cutlivars, V. x 'Chesapeake', V. x 'Eskimo', V. x 'Conoy (aka V. x burkwoodii 'Conoy') and V. pragense.  Service viburnum grows 4-6' high and wide.  Foliage is evergreen, glossy dark green with a silvery underside and sometimes inrolled.  Pink buds open to slightly fragrant waxy flowers produced in abundance.  Fruit is a ¼" drupe and blue-black.  Genetic characteristics that make V. utile an important breeding parent are the glossy leaves, heat tolerance, tolerance to high ph soils and profuse flowering.  Native to central China.  Introduced in 1901.  Zone 6

USDA Hardiness Zone:



4-6 ft


4-6 ft

Viburnum utile Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow to Moderate


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Tolerant of calcareous soils
  • Acid
  • High pH tolerant

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • None

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late April

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Abundant and showy
  • Blue-black

Native to

  • Central China

Winter foliage

  • Evergreen