Viburnum 'Emerald Triumph'


Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Cultivar: Emerald Triumph
Hybridized by Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
Registered or introduced: 1994



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring




Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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


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

Iowa City, Iowa

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Missoula, Montana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 7, 2015, missoulamama from Missoula, MT wrote:

I've given this plant a neutral rating because I am still waiting/hoping for it to perform. This is the 3rd summer since I planted it. I was hoping for it to reach 8 to 10 feet, as the tag suggested when I purchased it. It has barely grown over the original 4 feet. I pruned it hard at the base which has forced nearly a foot of growth so it is now maybe almost 5 feet tall. My ninebark and mockorange are outperforming this plant by a long shot!

A warning - the flowers smell Disgusting!! And virtually zero fruit. I am wondering if that is because many pollinators are not 'awake' when the plant is in bloom. I am in Montana so the weather can be unpredictable and this is an early bloomer. I planted this shrub in hopes of attracting birds because of its fruits. That has yet... read more


On Mar 27, 2010, penwoods from Iowa City, IA wrote:

I do like the 'Emerald Triumph' viburnum. It has a good branching structure that looks good when bare through the winter. It grows slowly, and I like that because garden space is a problem for me. After 8 years, this viburnum has kept it's nicely rounded shape without needing much pruning. The only problem: it has never produced any berries, not one. I would like to know what I can do to help this great bush produce berries. Can anyone advise me on this?


On Jul 15, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Emerald Triumph' viburnum is another outstanding introduction from Dr. Harold Pellet's industrious innovations at the Hardy Plant Center and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

A vigorous but compact shrub, 'Emerald Triumph' is V. x rhytidophylloides 'Alleghany' x V. burejaeticum, and has the guts to tolerate severe upper midwestern conditions and the backbone to survive the vagaries of the Ohio River valley region. This plant flowers heavily on young plants; carries dark green clean lustrous foliage through the summer; offers 3-4 weeks of red fruit before maturing to black; and has very nice fall color of primarily red but some yellow and orange interior foliage color as well.

If one needed an individual specimen of uniform rounded habit, or a tallish hedge ... read more