Different Types of Viburnum (Photos)

Varieties of Viburnum

Viburnum is a plant that has over 150 different species. It can range in size from a two-foot shrub to a 30-foot tree. Regardless of the height, the plant will have fragrant flowers that will be noticeable in your garden.

Most varieties of this plant prefer to grow in full sun or partial shade. This is not a plant that is particular about its soil, but it needs to be well-draining so that the roots do not sit in water.

In addition to white or pink blooms, this plant will produce colorful berries that will attract birds to your garden.

Viburnum typically grows in USDA hardiness zones two through nine.

Let’s check out some of the different varieties of this plant.

Burkwood Viburnum


This is a cross between Koreanspice and service viburnum. It can grow in height to be eight to 10 feet tall, and it produces bright red flowers and blackberries throughout the year. This plant is often called snowball viburnum, and it can be seen growing most in zone five through zone eight.

Cinnamomum-leaved Viburnum (Cinnamomum camphora)


This is a variety that has dark blue, green leaves that are oval-shaped. The shrub can easily grow to be as tall as 20 feet, and it does best in zones seven to nine. The blooms are pale pink, and it will grow best in full sun or partial shade. It also prefers moist soil to grow.

Viburnum davidii


This is a smaller variety of viburnum that was named after the individual who first discovered the plant. It has dark green leave, metallic blue berries, and small white flowers that can be seen throughout the year. It can mature to be five feet tall in zone seven through zone nine.

Viburnum carlesii


Also known as Koreanspice, this is a shrub that has white or pink flowers that grow in large clusters. The waxy flowers have a spicy scent that makes it easy to identify, and it produces bright red berries in the fall. This plant grows from zone four to zone seven, and it can be six feet tall at maturity.

Larustinus (Viburnum tinus)


This is a type of viburnum that can be seen growing in hardiness zones seven to 10. The plant can grow from six to 12 feet tall, and if it is grown in warmer areas, the plant can bloom in the winter. It has light pink to white blooms that give off a sweet smell as they bloom.

Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)


This plant is very versatile, which means that it can easily grow in any type of soil. The white flowers that it creates will bloom during the spring, and it will produce red berries during the fall. It does best in full-sun conditions in zone five through zone eight, and it can even grow to be around 15 feet in height.

Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus)

Guelder-rose (Viburnum-opulus)

Also known as a snowball bush, this plant produces large clusters of white flowers that have a sweet smell. It also produces small berries that look kind of like a cranberry during the fall. At maturity, it can be 15 feet in height, and it will grow well in zones three through eight with full sun.

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)


The nannyberry can be seen in zones two through eight, and it produces dark blueberries that can be used to make jam. The flowers are white, but the leaves are the colorful part of the plant, which will change from green to shades of red, yellow, and purple during the fall. This plant can be 18 feet tall or more.

Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium)


The blackhaw is one of the tallest viburnums that you will encounter. It can even reach 30 feet in height, though if it’s trimmed, it will stay around 15 feet or so. It will grow in most types of soil, and it needs full sun or partial sun to do well. This tree has white blooms and blackberries.

Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum)


The doublefile viburnum is very attractive looking, and it produces clusters of white blooms that are stunning. It also has red berries that can attract birds to your garden. It grows from zone five to zone eight, and it needs partial to full sun and well-drained soil to thrive.