General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 12-15 feet (3.6-4.7 m)
Plant Spread: 12-15 feet (3.6-4.7 m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Red maturing to black
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Wayfaring Tree
  • Wayfaringtree
  • Wayfarer
  • Hoarwithy
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Viburnum lantana
  • Synonym: Viburnum aragonense

Photo Gallery
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: May in 1980's
close-up of flower clusters
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Date: 2017-11-05
Labeled: Viburnum lantana f. foliis lanceolatus
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Location: Botanical Garden Berlin
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2013-10-15 
Fall colour.
Location: Iowa
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: May in the 1980's
shrub in bloom
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: September of 1980's
fruit clusters of ripe and unripe berries
Location: Botanical Garden Prague
Date: 2017-03-25

By Adrian198cm (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Location: In the dunes, Belgian coast, De Panne.
Date: 2013-05-25

photo credit: Opioła Jerzy

Photo by Leo Michels

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: Botanical Garden Prague
Date: 2017-03-25

Photo by TeunSpaans

By 4028mdk09 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (

I, B.navez [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA
Photo by SongofJoy
Location: In the dunes, Belgian coast, De Panne.
Date: 2013-05-25
Location: In the dunes, Belgian coast, De Panne.
Date: 2013-05-25
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 9, 2018 2:46 PM concerning plant:
    This is the "Viburnum" best known to the Romans, and the name of "Viburnum" in its generic scientific name comes from this shrub that is native to much of Europe, western Asia, and a little of far north Africa. The species name of "lantana" is an old name for this plant also. It is a good quality shrub that is basically neat, clean, and with several good characteristics of good foliage, fall colour, flowers, fruit, and stems. I've occasionally seen the mother species in older landscapes here and there in the Chicago area. Most conventional nurseries are now selling the two most popular cultivars of this species that are 'Mohican' and 'Alleghany. ' The former cultivar gets about 8 feet high and wide in a rounded form and the latter cultivar is a hybrid between the Mohican x the Leatherleaf Viburnum and has longer, more pointed leaves of rougher texture and gets about 10 feet high. Viburnums are good to high quality shrubs that should be used more by the average homeowner rather than the cheaper priced Honeysuckles and Forsythias, the latter that are known to most people. Professional landscape architects and designers are the people that really appreciate and use this Wayfaringtree Viburnum and a number of other Viburnums.

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