Viburnum 'Fugitive'
Common Name: viburnum 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Adoxaceae
Zone: 6 to 8
Height: 8.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 10.00 to 12.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Attracts: Butterflies


Winter hardy to USDA Zones 6-8 where it is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates close to full shade. Best growth occurs with consistent and even moisture. This is a semi-evergreen shrub. Plants appreciate some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Viburnum is a genus of about 150 species of deciduous, evergreen and semi-evergreen shrubs and a few trees from chiefly North Temperate regions extending into Southeast Asia and South America. They are grown for their attractive flowers, colorful fruit and attractive foliage. Some species have edible fruit or fragrant flowers. They are very attractive, versatile garden plants.

Genus name comes from the Latin name of a species plant.

‘Fugitive’ is a V. japonicum x V. dilatatum hybrid. It typically matures in the shape of a rounded dome to 8-10’ tall and to 12’ wide. White flowers in flat-topped cymes (each to 6-8” across) bloom in May. This hybrid does not produce fruit. Semi-evergreen leaves (to 6” long) turn attractive shades of burgundy-purple after first fall frost.


Potential disease problems include bacterial leaf spot, mildews and crown gall. Potential insect problems include aphids and scale. Deer tend to avoid this plant.


Shrub for mixed borders or foundation plantings. Specimen. Screen or hedge.