Authors as Published

Alex X. Niemiera, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture

(Viburnum rhytidophyllum)


Foliage: Evergreen broadleaf

Height: 15 feet

Spread: 15 feet

Shape: Upright, multi-stem shrub

This large shrub has dark green leaves that are large, slender, and wrinkled. This species has showy white flowers in late spring. Clusters of red to black berries form (inconsistently) in late summer.

Plant Needs:

Zone: 6 to 8

Light: Shade to partial shade

Moisture: Moist to dry

Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay

pH Range: 3.7 to 7.0


Suggested uses for this plant include border, screen, and in mass.

Planting Notes:

Transplants readily.

Prefers well-drained soil.

Select location that is protected from winter sun and wind.

Tolerates heavy shade.


Little or no maintenance required.


No serious pest or disease problems.

Hairs on bottom of leaves may be an irritant (on skin or inhaled) to humans during pruning.


Consult garden centers historic or public gardens and arboreta regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.

Cultivars of Viburnum rhytidophyllum

No important cultivars

Prague viburnum (Viburnum x pragense) is a large evergreen shrub with lustrous leaves and showy white flowers in late spring.


This is a very large coarse-textured shrub that grows well in shady locations where other plants fail.

Serves as an attractive background plant for smaller flowering plants and blends well with other evergreens.


This material was developed by Carol Ness as part of the Interactive Design and Development Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation.

Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

May 1, 2009

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