Large shrub, white blossoms, NC

Raleigh, NC

Not sure what this plant is. Offered it as a donation to my yard. Would like to adopt but want to know more about it's needs (sun, water, max height/pruning, bird food?). It is now about 12 feet tall, has been cut back in the past. It has multiple thin trunks, about 2" in diameter. It now (October) has red berries turning to black. And I am told that the blooms were white. Any help appreciated.

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Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

Could be a viburnum but if dmail shots to DG member viburnumvalley he will tell you for sure. Or if it is somehing else he will most likely know its ID. Patti

Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

Quote from bbrookrd :
Could be a viburnum but if you dmail shots to DG member viburnumvalley he will tell you for sure. Or if it is somehing else he will most likely know its ID. Patti

Bessemer, AL(Zone 8b)

is it a gardenia, or camellia? i'll take picks of mine

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

Definitely not a gardenia or camellia. Leaves on those two are shiney and dont have that wrinkled? look.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Patti (bbrookrd) - who is so accurate she quotes herself - has hit the nail on the head.

AND - I demand more images of the whole (intact) plant, instead of only snippets. This plant deserves no less.

That is certainly a Viburnum (note opposite foliage, clasped leaf buds, exposed/naked terminal flower buds). It most favors Viburnum rhytidophyllum, but it might also be Viburnum x rhytidophylloides. More images should ascertain that answer.

I have my doubts about a successful transplant of a plant that has been cut back in the past and is now 12 feet tall with 2" caliper stems. You are welcome to take heroic efforts, but in Raleigh NC you could buy this as a 5 gallon pot or maybe a 48" balled and burlapped specimen, and it would grow to that 12 foot size in a few short years.

I think you'd be hard pressed to get sufficient roots while transplanting that large a shrub, and all you'd do is watch it die back a lot and produce new basal suckers trying to regenerate. BUT - I also appreciate the prospect of "a free plant." At least it's a Viburnum...can't have too many.

Nantucket, MA(Zone 7a)

You accurately caught me trying to edit my text as in the first one the word, "you" is missing. so it didn't make sense. I had intended to just edit in in sito, but I some how got a second post. But I should get some credit for at least assuming it was a Viburnum.

I need to move a couple of small ones this week. Viburnum plicatum f. tom. 'Weeping Magic' & Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Conoy & maybe Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum Summer Snowflake
which is blooming now. Odd? Sorry to hijack this thread, but I knew you would pop up to solve all Vib ?. Patti

Raleigh, NC

answer from bbrokd was appreciated (twice) and also hardy confirmation from ViburnumValley. I will post full size pics soon - the donor site is distant. Hmmm, buying a plant - hadn't thought of that in the last ten years I have been collecting hundreds of orphans and bringing them home ;) You might be onto something.. Nah, that would be too easy - it is a labor of love :)

Question: the target spot I have picked out is a border/privacy berm - which has my side sunny and the neighbor side deep shade. Ligustrum, Cryptomeria Japonica, and various hollies are doing okay there. Will the viburnum like it?

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)


You should be fine to move small Viburnums this time of year (cool, moist weather). I'd make sure that the plants are turgid before you dig, and then keep them moist till dormancy.

As far as the location chosen for the big Leatherleaf: some sun will be just peachy for this plant.

Newburgh, IN(Zone 6a)

Looks like my Allegheny Viburnum.
Have mine in partial shade. Stays green in winter and mine has bloomed 3 times this year. Took a beating last winter but survived. I have to trim about 3 ft off of it each year to keep it down.

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Contra Costa County, CA(Zone 9b)

"I have to trim about 3 ft off of it each year to keep it down"

Sounds like it was planted in the wrong spot. That is a lot of pruning!

Newburgh, IN(Zone 6a)

Diana, Yes maybe, but I am trying to keep it bushy and it wants to grow up. Probably because it is in mostly shade. It shoots up branches after the first bloom in the spring, I don't have a problem with trimming it back below the eye level of our deck. It seems to be filling out better now.

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