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Shasta Viburnum

Showy clusters of white flowers combine with oblong-shaped leaves to make Shasta viburnum a one-of-a-kind spring bloomer. Not only that; this deciduous shrub has year-round appeal, from distinct berries in spring to maroon leaves in fall and stately branches in winter.

Shasta viburnum typically grows to about 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It’s frequently recommended for hedges and borders, but certainly appealing for any use case you might envision, with spring being the big payoff for proper care. And don’t worry; Shasta viburnum is pretty low maintenance, requiring little more than fertile soil, plenty of sunshine, and regular watering. If you choose to prune, do so right after flowering so you can keep enjoying the spring showcases.

Did You Know?
The summer berries on Shasta viburnum attract birds, butterflies and bees. Meanwhile, deer usually prefer to snack on other plants. Best of both worlds!

Other Fun Facts About Shasta Viburnum

  • The U.S. National Arboretum introduced Shasta viburnum in 1979, more than 20 years after horticulturist Dr. Donald Egolf planted the first seeds of the cultivar while in graduate school at Cornell University.
  • Shasta viburnum flowers are noticeably and beautifully fragrant.
  • There are upwards of 175 species of flowering plants in the viburnum genus.
  • Viburnums, in general, attract very few unwanted pests.

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