Viburnum 'Pragense'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 4 Professionals
Common Name: Prague viburnum
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Adoxaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 10.00 to 12.00 feet
Spread: 10.00 to 12.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: Pink buds / ivory flowers
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Evergreen
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest

Culture

Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Foliage may die back (sometimes to the ground) in sub-zero winter temperatures, so in the St. Louis area, it is best to plant this shrub in a protected location shielded from winter winds. If shrub loses good form or needs revitalization, prune to the ground. Otherwise, prune immediately after flowering since flower buds form in summer for the following year.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This hybrid viburnum (cross between V. rhytidophyllum and V. utile) is an evergreen, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 8-12' tall with a similar spread. Flat cymes (to 6" across) of slightly fragrant, creamy white flowers in spring gives way to berries in early fall which first appear red and then change to glossy black. Berries will often persist to the end of December. Elliptic, dark green leaves (to 4" long). Foliage is evergreen in the south, and usually evergreen in the north unless injured by cold winter temperatures.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Plant in groups or mix with other broadleaf shrubs. May be grown as a hedge. Shrub has good specimen value due to creamy white flowers, fall/early winter berries and evergreen foliage.