Viburnum awabuki (syn. Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki) Caprifoliaceae
Sweet Viburnum vi-BER-num a-wa-BU-ke
- Evergreen shrub or tree, to 20 ft (6 m) tall, somewhat less in width, dense. Leaves opposite, simple, leathery, 8-16 cm long and 4-5.5 cm wide, glossy, dark green, olive green below. Flowers small, white, fragrant, in round clusters (cymose). Fruit small, red berries in large pendulous clusters, they turn black when ripe.
- Sun to partial shade. Not fussy about soil, but avoid wet soils. Makes a good hedge.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8-9 Native to Japan.
- Possibly more properly classified as Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki.