Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates wide range of soils and has good drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering, however pruning off spent flowers will eliminate late summer fruit display. For best cross-pollination and subsequent fruit display, plant shrubs in groups rather than as single specimens.
This viburnum is an introduction of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. and is perhaps best noted for its compact, spreading habit and glossy foliage. It is a densely-branched, multi-stemmed shrub which typically grows 4-5' tall and 7-8' wide. Features fragrant, creamy white flowers arranged in flat-topped umbels (2-4" wide) in April. Flowers are followed by pendulous clusters of red berry-like drupes which ripen in August and persist into the fall before eventually turning black. Ovate, glossy dark green leaves (to 4" long) turn maroon in fall, but remain evergreen in warm southern climates (USDA Zones 7 and 8).
No serious insect or disease problems.
Specimen or groups. Shrub borders, foundations or hedges.