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A Floridata Plant Profile 1095 Viburnum dilatatum

Common Names: linden viburnum Family: Adoxaceae (moschatel Family)
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This is the linden viburnum 'Oneida', one of several selections of this shrub offered by nurseries.


Linden viburnum is an upright deciduous shrub or small tree, rarely exceeding 8-10 ft (2.4-3m) in height. It has an open, spreading form and is often nearly as wide as it is tall. Like other viburnums, linden viburnum has opposite leaves and flattened clusters of little white flowers. But it's the showy bright red drupes that set this viburnum apart from the many other cultivated species in the genus. The single-seeded fruits are ovoid, about a third of an inch (80 mm) long, ripening in autumn and often persisting on the plant through much of the winter. Linden viburnum has been under cultivation since the middle of the 19th century are several named selections are available. 'Catskill' is smaller than the species, to 5 ft (1.5 m) tall, with a compact habit and smaller leaves that turn orange and red in autumn. 'Erie' has especially large clusters of coral red fruits that fade to pink in winter.


Viburnum dilatatum is native to Japan and eastern China.


Light: Like many viburnums, linden viburnum can tolerate partial shade, and in warmer climates (zones 7 and 8) it does better in a partly shady spot. However, throughout most of its adapted range, linden viburnum performs best in full sun. Moisture: Average water. Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 - 8. Linden viburnum may need some winter protection in zone 4. Propagation: The cultivars are propagated from cuttings, and cuttings are the easiest way to propagated the species as well. Use fast growing soft wood cuttings in early summer, and maintain high humidity. Seeds must be subjected to a chilling period of several weeks before they will germinate.


Linden viburnum is suitable for a mixed shrub border, a woodland garden, and as a specimen shrub. Take advantage of its autumn and winter show of bright red fruits by positioning where it will get attention as summer's perennials fade away. To get reliable fruiting, you must have two or more different selections or two or more different seedlings for cross pollination. Otherwise, you'll get plenty of flowers, but no fruits. This is true for most viburnums.

In autumn the linden viburnum's berries turn to scarlet as they ripen.


With more than 150 species, Viburnum is a large genus of mostly cool climate shrubs from Asia and North America. Some are evergreen, some deciduous, and nearly all are easy to cultivate, thriving in well drained soils in light shade to full sun. The viburnums are wonderful shrubs for the home landscape. They are generally smallish, tolerate some shade, bloom reliably, and (if cross pollinators are available) produce fruits that are showy to the eye and relished by wildlife.

Steve Christman 9/30/08

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Viburnum species profiled on Floridata:

Viburnum acerifolium

( mapleleaf viburnum,dockmackie )

Viburnum davidii

( David viburnum )

Viburnum dentatum

( arrow-wood, southern arrow-wood, arrow-wood viburnum )

Viburnum dilatatum

( linden viburnum )

Viburnum nudum

( possomhaw, smooth witherod, wild raisin, possum-haw )

Viburnum obovatum

( Walter's viburnum,small viburnum,small leaf viburnum )

Viburnum odoratissimum

( sweet viburnum )

Viburnum opulus

( European cranberry bush,Whitten tree,highbush cranberry,cranberry bush,Guelder rose )

Viburnum plicatum

( doublefile viburnum, Japanese snowball bush )

Viburnum prunifolium

( blackhaw viburnum,blackhaw,sweet haw,nanny-berry )

Viburnum rhytidophyllum

( leatherleaf viburnum )

Viburnum rufidulum

( rusty black-haw, southern black-haw )

Viburnum suspensum

( sandanqua viburnum, sandankwa viburnum )

Viburnum x burkwoodii

( Burkwood viburnum, snowball viburnum )

Viburnum x pragense

( Prague viburnum, Pragense viburnum )

Viburnum ‘Eskimo’

( Eskimo viburnum,service viburnum )

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