General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 4 - 5 feet
Plant Spread: 7 - 8 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Glossy, maroon tinge of leaves in winter
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Red maturing to black
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Other: Turns black in fall.
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Other: Dark pink buds
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Other: Late April
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 1997 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award
Parentage: Park Farm Hybrid x Viburnum utile

Common names
  • Burkwood Viburnum

Photo Gallery
Location: JC Raulston  Arboretum, Raleigh NC
Date: 2024-03-08
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-06
full-grown specimen just after bloom
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-06
full-grown shrub after bloom
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2019-05-06
foliage in spring
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-04-12
a maturing specimen in bloom
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jun 22, 2015 12:41 AM concerning plant:
    Introduced by the United States National Arboretum in 1988.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 30, 2019 3:29 PM concerning plant:
    I've only seen one of this newer selections of Viburnums. My biggest customer, the plant enthusiast, has one in her backyard in southeast Pennsylvania. It is a cross between the Service Viburnum (V. utile), an evergreen straggly shrub from central China x the Burkwood Viburnum that is a cross of the Koreanspice Viburnum x the Service Viburnum. So, it is actually 3/4 Service Viburnum and 1/4 Koreanspice Viburnum. It has small (1.5 to 2.5 inches long) glossy, dark, evergreen leaves. The white flower clusters are only slightly fragrant. It is a very dense, compact shrub. The lone shrub in the yard has not fruited. Maybe with a similar species around it might, but being partly a hybrid maybe it just can't.

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