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Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga'

Sargent Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum sargentii ‘Onondaga’ – 3 remaining. This is a striking form of the Sargent Viburnum. Red buds open into huge lace cap flowers, white edged with just a touch of dull maroon. Dark red-maroon emergent leaves mature green but maintain a maroon infusion in the growing season. Some autumns the foliage develops respectable rich red shading though this is not a consistent feature. Red fruits are somewhat sparse but light up against the dark-toned foliage.

Beth H. (MI) wrote on October 15, 2019: "I received my Viburnum this past Thursday in excellent condition and planted it this weekend. I'm thrilled with the size and quality of the plant! thank you so much for making this difficult to find shrub available! I had one at a previous house that we owned and was so happy to find it at your nursery to plant at my new home. It is indeed a beautiful shrub for all seasons! Happy fall!Beth H."



8-10 ft


8-10 ft


Red Violet, White

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


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

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile
  • Moist


  • Garden Origin

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.