Viburnum 'Eskimo'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 4 Professionals
Common Name: viburnum
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Adoxaceae
Zone: 6 to 8
Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 5.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Butterflies
Fruit: Showy


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates wide range of soils. Established plants prefer consistent moisture but have some drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Eskimo’ is a viburnum cultivar that was registered and released into commerce by The United States National Arboretum in 1981. It is particularly noted for its tubular flowers in snowball inflorescences (from parent V. carlcephalum 'Cayuga’) and its semi-evergreen foliage in warm winter climates (from parent V. utile). This is a compact shrub (deciduous in St. Louis) that typically matures to 4-5’ tall and as wide. Showy white flowers bloom profusely in snowball inflorescences (to 4” diameter) in May. Flowers give way to fruits (drupes) that mature in late summer to red then black. Ovate, leathery, glossy dark green leaves (to 4” long) turn attractive shades of yellow, orange and red in fall. Pennyslvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award in 1993. ‘Eskimo’ is sometimes commonly called service viburnum.


No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Good specimen. Shrub borders or foundations. Hedge. Sometimes grown in containers.