Tea Viburnum (Viburnum setigerum) in the Viburnums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
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 7b
Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 5 to 8 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Bog gardening
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 3, 2011 7:49 PM

I originally planted seven shrubs of Tea Viburnum in my garden because I had read that the fruit is very attractive to overwintering Bluebirds. I have never seen a Bluebird here in my garden yet and I have had the shrubs for many years. As far as I can see nothing eats the fruit as it lasts all thru the winter and is still hanging on in the spring.

Attractive orange berries on graceful slender shrubs.


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 3, 2019 4:37 PM

I have only seen a few of this species from central & western China in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic of the USA at arboretums, estates, and professional landscapes. It is not well-known and is sold at some large, diverse, conventional nurseries and specialty plant mail order nurseries. It is a good quality shrub that is clean and basically neat. Its leaves are 3 to 6 inches long by 1 to 2.5 inches and are pointed with some slight coarse teeth. Fall color can be good yellow to purplish-red or poor yellowish. The pointed buds are green with red, hairless, smooth, with 3 to 5 scales. The twigs are stout, smooth, and gray. The white, flattish, cyme flower clusters are about 2 inches wide in May. The orange-red to bright red fruit is a drupe about 1/2 inch long and egg-shaped maturing in September and looking good into early winter. My biggest customer in southeast PA has one in the backyard and it often bears a good crop of fruit, though it is alone. I have not really seen birds delighting to eat the fruit; I'll look out for that this coming fall-winter. This species gets its name from the leaves being able to be used for making tea.

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