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Viburnum setigerum

Tea Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum setigerum – White May flowers lead to late season oval fruit clusters that transform from glossy light orange then deepen and darken to scarlet-red. Attractive somewhat weeping foliage sometimes turns red-purple in autumn. One year the leaves turned black, an unexpected and stunning surprise – with the copious scarlet fruit it smacked of Halloween! The Tea Viburnum is either self-fruitful or is crossing annually with another viburnum on the property for its fruit set is consistent, opulent and so heavy that the stems weep under the weight. We like this plant a lot. Oh, heck – we like all the viburnums a lot! For more information about the Tea Viburnum please see our Viburnum setigerum: The Tea Viburnum article in HERALD.

From Leonard E. (PA) on 9.10.2014

Hi Wayne,

My tea viburnum just arrived and it's a beautiful plant! I didn't expect such a nice one, mail ordered. Thank you!



8-10 ft


6-8 ft




5 to 7(8)
What is my hardiness zone?
Item Description Price  
VIBSETI Viburnum setigerum (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $30.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum setigerum

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Specimen
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Hedgerow
  • Natural Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile


  • China

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit; V. nudum 'Winterthur' and V. nudum var. angustifolium will cross with each other. But V. nudum is very closely allied with V. cassinoides and all of these will cross pollinate and provide late season fruit. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum selection such as 'Shasta' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum selections. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. The berries are magnificent and so welcome in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown.