Wright Viburnum (Viburnum wrightii) in the Viburnums Database

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: 6 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Good fall 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: Late spring or early summer
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

red fruit of escaped shrub

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Location: Marsh Creek Lake Park, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-12-04red fruit of escaped shrub
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Location: Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-11-02shrub with tinge of fall color
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Location: Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-11-02tinge of red fall color
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Location: Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-11-02leaves
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Location: Marsh Creek Lake Park, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-12-04escaped shrub in fruit
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 4, 2019 10:06 AM

The Wright Viburnum is a pretty shrub from Japan, of which I have only seen a few in professional landscapes in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, and some escaped from cultivation in southeast Pennsylvania. It is very similar to the more common Linden Viburnum (V. dilatatum) from East Asia. The former differs only in having slightly larger leaves that tend to be more rounded and more sharp toothed, and not having any pubescent hair on the stems and inflorescences. Then there are several more other very similar, East Asian species to both of these two that are only found in some arboretums in the USA. Then the native species of eastern North America of the various very similar species of Arrowwood Viburnums are also similar, though the native species always have mature fruit that is blue-black or black. I think the botanists should be less "splitter" and reduce the number of all these species, and just stick with mostly natural varieties being a tiny bit different.

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