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PlantFiles: Wayfaringtree
Viburnum lantana

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: lantana (lan-TAN-a) (Info)

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral DMersh On Jul 1, 2011, DMersh from Perth
United Kingdom (Zone 7b) wrote:

European native, prefers lime rich soil and can grow on chalk rubble in old chalk quarries. Reaches about 15ft but usually smaller than this. Berries ripen from green to red and finally black.
The branches are extremely flexible and hard to break and were once used by farmers etc for tying bundles.

Neutral tofalvip On Oct 15, 2002, tofalvip wrote:

Fruits of this plant maybe slightly toxic, according to information in "llat- s nvnyhatroz" (Magyar Knyvklub, Budapest, 2000) a Hungarian book that is an adaptation of the German "BLV Tier- und Pflanzenfhrer fr unterwegs" (Wilhelm Eisenreich, Alfred Handel, Ute E. Zimmer - Mnchen 1999). Take care not to confuse it with the elder (Sambucus nigra), which is a popular medical plant, and many of us like to collect its flowers and make delicious syrup from them.

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

This large, deciduous shrub is native to Eurasia, but has become naturalized in the eastern US. This is a rounded, multistemmed, upright and then spreading shrub that may become 20' tall. The 3"-5" flower clusters are white with yellow stamens blooming in mid-May. The fruit changes from green to red to blue-black starting in August and September with each cluster able to display all the colors at the same time resulting in a showy fruit display. Fall color is often poor but can be purplish-red.

The wayfaringtree likes full sun to part shade, responds best to fertile, loamy soils but withstands dry, compacted soils, and is one of the best viburnums for alkaline soil. It can be used in the shrub border, in mass plantings, difficult growing sites, and as a bird attractor. It has few serious insect or disease problems and can be propogated by cuttings or seed.


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

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Essex Junction, Vermont

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