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PlantFiles: Wright Viburnum
Viburnum wrightii

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: wrightii (RITE-ee-eye) (Info)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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 softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

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

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ksander On Apr 21, 2005, ksander wrote:

The Wright viburnum is a really outstanding bird-friendly plant. It produces fruit copiously and is a valuable winter-early spring food source for mockingbirds, cedar waxwings, bluebirds and cardinals in my area. Its dense growth provides nesting sites during the spring and summer. It deserves to be far better known.

Neutral Copperbaron On Jan 27, 2002, Copperbaron from Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a medium sized, deciduous shrub native to Japan. It is 6'-10' tall, multistemmed, a slow grower, with an upright to rounded growth habit. Summer foliage is a dark lustrous green and fall color is an inconsistent red color, but oftentimes quite good. This is a very showy bloomer with white flowers in flattened clusters. The fruit is bright red starting in September and continuing into winter.

The Wright viburnum will grow in full sun to light shade in slightly acidic or neutral soil pH, grows best in moist, fertile soil, and is easily transplanted and established. It is used for borders, screens, mass plantings, and as a specimen plant for its flowers, summer and fall foliage, and winter fruit. It is also a very useful tall hedge. It has no serious insect or disease problems. This is another great viburnum.


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

Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
York, Pennsylvania

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