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Viburnum furcatum

Scarlet-leaved Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum furcatum - 5 remaining. The Scarlet-leaved Viburnum is a large, rounded to broad spreading shrub with bold orbicular, pleated 6-inch by 4 to 5-inch leaves sporting serrated edges. It is rather rare in the U.S. White spring lace cap flowers are lovely. Berries lighten bright red late season overlapping with glorious shades of darker red and orange permeating the autumn leaves. Its large, bold and rounded leaves are a knockout. It appears to be very long-lived as it takes many years for flowering commences. But the distinctive foliage alone makes this a worthy plant; the flowers are a wondrous event to await. Very reminiscent of our native Hobblebush, Viburnum lantanoides (formerly Viburnum alnifolium) we think that they are at least closely allied. And they flower simultaneously... could a hybrid be in the offing? Indeed, our native Hobblebush or Witch Hobble may be the long-separated ancestral New World relative of V. furcatum. Site in morning sun to three-quarters open shade in fertile soil - avoid harsh afternoon sun. More narrow and upright as a youth the Scarlet-leaved Viburnum will, as unfortunately true for too many of us, broaden with age. Established potted shrub from cutting.



10-12 ft


8-10 ft




(5)6 to 8
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VIBFUR Viburnum furcatum (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $40.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum furcatum

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

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


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Screen
  • Specimen
  • Woodland
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Korea
  • China
  • Japan

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted

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.