Viburnums offer a diverse array of evergreen, deciduous, fruiting, flowering and fragrant shrubs for sun and shade. They can be planted in mass or used as a privacy screen or backdrop for foreground perennial plantings. Viburnums are known for their durability in the landscape and grow well in most regions of the country. Consider these top choices from the viburnum family.
Chicago Lustre viburnum (Viburnum dentatum 'Synnestvedt') is a cultivar from the group known as arrowwood viburnum. It can grow to a height of 10' to 15' and bears attractive white blossoms in spring and bluish-black berries in late summer to winter. It's deciduous, so it loses its leaves in winter. Before they drop, the leaves take on a beautiful cabernet wine color. This viburnum grows best in full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil. Hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 8.
Blackhaw viburnum (V. prunifolium) bears large white flowers in the spring and green berries in summer. The berries fade to a bluish-black in the fall, and birds love to eat them. If left unchecked, this variety grows to the size of a small tree about 15' to 20' tall and wide. If you want to keep it shrub-sized, you will need to keep it well-pruned. This deciduous viburnum grows best in full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil. Hardy in USDA Zones 3 to 9.
Allegheny viburnum (V. x rhytidophylloides 'Allegheny') is deciduous to semi-evergreen. This densely growing shrub makes a great screen. It grows to 10' to 12' tall and wide. Plant it in full sun to shade and a well-drained soil. Hardy in USDA Zones 4 to 8.
Leatherleaf viburnum (V. rhytidophyllum) grows to 10' or 20' in height and has almost insignificant white flowers and evergreen, leathery leaves. It grows best in full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil. Hardy in USDA Zones 4 to 8.
Rusty blackhaw viburnum (V. rufidulum) is a deciduous, white-flowering shrub. It produces berries that attract birds and has a burgundy fall color. It grows about 10' to 15' tall and wide, sometimes bigger. Plant it in full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil. Hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 8.