Viburnum suspensum
Common name: 
Sandankwa Viburnum
Sandanqua Viburnum
vi-BER-num sus-PEN-sum
Adoxaceae, Caprifoliaceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Evergreen shrub, multistemmed, compact, 6-12 ft (1.8-3.5 m) tall.  Leaves opposite, simple, evergreen, 5-13 cm long, 4-7.5 cm wide, ovate to oval, base rounded or wedge-shaped, tip pointed, margin toothed on the upper 2/3 or hardly at all (see below), leathery, glossy green, 4-5 vein pairs, petiole 6-12 mm long.  Flowers tubular, waxy, white with some pink, in tight clusters (panicles) 6-10 cm long and wide.  Fruit somewhat spherical, red and maturing to black, not persistent.
  • Sun to part shade.  Little to moderate irrigation needed.  Often used as a hedge or screen.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 8   Native to the Japanese island of Okinawa and other Ryukyu Islands, an island chain northeast of Taiwan.
  • Note:  The images presented here are from a plant grown in Oregon (1 & 2) and one at the Tucson Botanical Garden (3 & 4).  Note the differences in the leaves; either this difference in leaf shape and margins represents part of the variation of this species or possibly a mislabeling at one of these locations.  Comments would be appreciated.
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  • plant habit (1)

    plant habit

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  • flowers and leaves (4)

    flowers and leaves