Viburnum x 'Prairie Classic'


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Viburnum x 'Prairie Classic' - Multitudes of white late May flowers, coins of flat cymes, stud dark green leathery foliage. Autumn color is a striking mix of strong red, green and yellow. Autumn leaves will darken to deep maroon often accompanied with yellow interior foliage which is rutilant in the autumn sun, glowing as if lit from within. That's a moment in the garden! Green fruits are ovate. In autumn they metamorphose pink to blue and finally black. And the fruits are persistent lasting the winter. A strong grower this upright growing shrub, a gumdrop in early years, is cloaked to the ground with foliage. Though taller than wide this is a big shrub that will demand some space and be appropriate for a big estate, parks, as a barrier hedge, a component of a hedgerow or as a screen. 'Prairie Classic' exhibits a strong leader as a young shrub and can be pruned into a small tree and in this capacity will make a fine specimen. Introduced by Gary and Susan Ladman of Classic Viburnum 'Prairie Classic' is a naturally occurring hybrid between V. rufidulum and probably V. prunifolium. Full to mostly sunny exposure planted in fertile, draining soil. Established potted shrub from cutting.

More About Viburnum x 'Prairie Classic'

  • 'Prairie Classic' may be pruned into a small tree
  • Exceptional Hardiness


15-18 Feet


12-15 Feet




(3b?)4 to 9
What is my hardiness zone?

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum x 'Prairie Classic'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


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

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

Viburnum. This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Garden heroes. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Some smell of musk (Viburnum dilatatum) while others produce no fragrance at all. 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. Viburnum cassinoides is closely allied with V. nudum; but if the flowering times do not overlap then there will be no fruit. However, if you plant V. nudum 'Winterthur' in proximity with V. nudum var. angustifolium, 'Longwood', 'Moonshine' or 'Pink Beauty' berries will abound. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum f. tomentosum selection such as 'Shasta' or 'Shoshoni' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum f. tomentosum selections like 'Copper Ridges or 'Pink Beauty'. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum f. tomentosum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. As with almost all in the universe of plants there are exceptions. There is one viburnum which appears to be self-fruitful, Viburnum setigerum the Tea Viburnum. Another interesting exception to the rule is Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty' which is also self-fruitful - a departure from its siblings. And on the other spectrum are two I can think of off-hand that are barren, Viburnum plicatum 'Roseum' and Viburnum plicatum 'Kern's Pink'. Oftentimes, the dwarf viburnums reamin in a juvenile state and do not produce fruit. All Viburnum of any size that do produce fruit are magnificent 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. Many thanks to Gary Ladman of Classic Viburnums who generously set us straight regarding some of the details we had originally incorrectly lauded... ya can't know everything!