Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Sargent Viburnum

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Plant Information

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

    Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 10-12'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Upright: spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Beautiful white clusters of flowers surrounded by a ring of showy sterile flowers (known as lacecap flowers) in late May-early June. The fruit become bright orange-red in fall and persist until spring. The fall color is a subdued red to maroon. Delightful in groupings or a shrub border where the fruit add a cheerful touch to the winter landscape.

  • 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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