Viburnum suspensum
Common Name: sandankwa viburnum 
Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Family: Adoxaceae
Native Range: Japan
Zone: 8 to 10
Height: 6.00 to 12.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: February to March
Bloom Description: White with pink blush
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual, Hedge
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil


Best grown in deep, rich, evenly moist, well-draining loams. Adaptable to most soil types as long as they are fertile and do not dry out. Hardy in Zones 8-10. Tolerant of salt spray and clay soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Viburnum suspensum, commonly called sandankwa viburnum, is a densely branched, broadleaf evergreen shrub native to the subtropical Ryukyu Islands of southwestern Japan. It is widely cultivated for use as a hedge or screen and typically has upright to slightly spreading branches. The oppositely arranged leaves (around 3.5" long and 2" wide) are dark green, glossy, and ovate in shape with fine serrations along the margins. Panicles of small, tubular flowers appear in early spring and then sporadically throughout the growing season. The fragrant blooms are white with a pink blush and contrast against the dark green foliage. Mature plants can reach up to 12' tall with a 10' spread.

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

The specific epithet suspensum means "suspended, hanging or pendant".


No major pest or disease problems. Deer tend to avoid this plant.


Suitable for use as an accent or background shrub in mixed borders or foundations plantings. An excellent choice for a hedge or screen.