Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Wayfaringtree Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum lantana Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Related Cultivars:

    Viburnum lantana 'Mohican'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 8-12'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Upright: oval
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    White flowers in large clusters appearing in May are followed by radiant red fruit in August which turn to black by fall and often persist into winter. The foliage is dark green, rugose and semi-evergreen in nature. Beautiful in shrub boarders, groupings, or as a large screen planting.

  • Pollination of viburnums:

    As are most viburnums, this species is self-sterile (cannot pollinate itself) and therefore requires another individual of the same species nearby for pollination and subsequent fruit display. Using clonal plants (cultivars) may be desirable where uniformity is important, but a planting of a single cultivar will bear few fruit.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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