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PlantFiles: Siebold Viburnum
Viburnum sieboldii 'Seneca'

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Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: sieboldii (see-BOLD-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Seneca
Hybridized by Egolf; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1966

Category:
Shrubs
Trees

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Aromatic
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive ViburnumValley On May 5, 2013, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Viburnum sieboldii 'Seneca' has been a long time resident here at the Valley. Planted in the early 1990s, 'Seneca' is now celebrating performance for two decades. It has weathered two severe ice storms (2003 and 2009) as well as some severe low temperatures (-20F in 1994, and the April 2007 Easter freeze).

'Seneca' is one of the outstanding children of the late Dr. Don Egolf's exceptional program at the US National Arboretum to produce high performing landscape plants. This small tree can reach 20-25' tall and wide (6.0-7.5 m). It blooms prolifically with rather large flowers in late April/early May in central KY zone 6. The flowers - with appropriate pollinator in vicinity - are followed by bright red fruit perched upon handsome red pedicels. Birds here love to consume the fruits as they mature, so you often don't see a full-fruited specimen. Answer: plant more, to stay ahead of birds.

'Seneca' always has handsome clean green foliage, and V. sieboldii is well-known for the fragrance of the leaves - which is an unmistakeable green pepper smell when you brush or crush a leaf. I have not known 'Seneca' to generate remarkable fall color - usually a mild yellow - but some other V. sieboldii can achieve wonderful reds and oranges in autumn.

This is a good species to add to landscapes where the "normal" dogwoods, redbuds, and crabapples are already well-represented.

Regional...

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

Washington, District Of Columbia
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Northeast Harbor, Maine
Ithaca, New York



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