Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Hardy Plants for Waterwise Landscapes

Viburnum ×burkwoodii
Burkwood viburnum

Viburnum xburkwoodii fall color (V.I. Lohr) Viburnum xburkwoodii flowers (V.I. Lohr)

Plant form

Semi-evergreen, spring flowering, upright, multistemmed, woody shrub.


8 to 12 feet tall and more than half that wide.

Leaves and stems

Dark green leaves are shiny above.  Fall color is orange and red.  During mild winters, the leaves remain on the shrub.  In Pullman and Moscow, most of the leaves fall off during most winters.


Blooms in spring.  Flowers are pleasantly fragrant.  The clusters of flowers resemble small snowballs.  Flower buds are dark pink and usually open to white.  Some cultivars have been selected for redder buds and pink flowers.


Some plants form sparse clusters of small fruit.   They begin red, then turn black in early fall.

Native area

This hybrid shrub was created in England in 1924 by crossing Viburnum carlesii (native to Korea) with Viburnum utile (native to China).

Water use

Moderate; tolerates some drought.

Culture and maintenance

This shrub is easy to grow.  It tolerates heavy soils. It can be slow to fill in, so it often looks sparse when it is young.  Pruning this shrub after flowering can help this.


Full sun or partial shade.


USDA Zone 4.

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