Viburnum sieboldii
Common Name: Siebold viburnum 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Adoxaceae
Native Range: Japan
Zone: 4 to 7
Height: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Spread: 10.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: May
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Leaf: Colorful, Fragrant
Attracts: Birds
Fruit: Showy


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates a wide range of soils. Needs consistent and even moisture. Do not allow soils to dry out. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Best growth is in cool summer climates. Not recommended for planting south of USDA Zone 7.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Viburnum sieboldii, commonly called Siebold viburnum, is an upright, rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows to 15-20’ tall and to 10-15' wide. It is native to Japan. Opposite, toothed, elliptic to oblong, medium to dark green leaves (to 3” long) usually develop no appreciable fall color. White flowers in flat-topped cymes (to 3-4” across) bloom in mid to late spring, with each cyme containing small sterile flowers edged with larger white fertile flowers. Both the flowers and bruised leaves emit unpleasant aromas. Flowers give way to spherical, scarlet, berry-like drupes (to 1/2”) on showy red fruiting stems. Drupes gradually ripen to black over the period of August to October, and persist on the shrub into winter.

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

Specific epithet honors Phillip Franz von Siebold (1796-1866), German physician and naturalist.


No serious insect or disease problems. Leaf scorch may develop if soils are allowed to dry out.


Shrub borders, screens, hedges. Specimen or small groups.