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Viburnum davidii

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive yodecat On Aug 20, 2014, yodecat from Dallas, TX wrote:

Well drained sunny to bright light planted in the peculiar fast-draining clay we have. Fed dried fish on initial planting, quarterly feeding with a balanced fertilizer with trace elements.

No problems with insects or disease. Not spectacular but pretty all year.

Neutral debylutz On Aug 16, 2013, debylutz from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I believe this plant is evergreen.

Positive BarbaraParis On Nov 27, 2011, BarbaraParis from Comerio, PR (Zone 11) wrote:

It grows very well here in Puerto Rico. They grow naturally and some people treat them as weeds. I think they are lovely. I love the foliage, the flowers and the berries.

Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 9, 2009, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have admired this diminutive evergreen viburnum from afar for many years (I live in KY, and admired the plant in Germany). I have recently been able to observe this plant in the US during a winter trip to Seattle.

It is still a fine little shrub, but I have gained even more admiration for its durability. I had thought it to be one of those "hot house rose" type plants that needed a lot of TLC. Absolutely not.

This viburnum is quite the utility plant around the city of Seattle, occupying ignominious positions in parking lot islands and the like. I have much more appreciation for its toughness - see pictures posted to this entry.

Someday, I'll procure this plant for my central KY property, and I'll see what it can do in Ohio River valley heat and humidity in clay loam soils. Until then, I'd advocate it highly for those with zone 7-9 soils and decent rainfall.

Positive marzenna On Jul 9, 2002, marzenna wrote:

Viburnum davidii is definitly an evergreen ground cover


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Clarkston, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Roswell, Georgia
Rosalia, Kansas
Ashland, Oregon
Brookings, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Comerio, Puerto Rico
Brentwood, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
East Port Orchard, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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