David Viburnum Care – Tips On Growing David Viburnum Plants

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By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

Native to China, David viburnum (Viburnum davidii) is a showy evergreen shrub that displays attractive, glossy, blue-green foliage year round. Clusters of small white flowers in spring give way to colorful, metallic blue berries that attract songbirds to the garden, often well into the winter months. If this has piqued your interest, read on for more David viburnum information.

Growing David Viburnum Plants

David viburnum is a small rounded shrub that reaches heights of 24 to 48 inches with widths about 12 inches more than the height. The shrub is evergreen in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 9, but it may be deciduous in the northern edges of that range.

Growing David viburnum plants isn’t difficult, as this is a hardy, low-maintenance plant with no serious threat from pests or disease. Plant at least two plants in close proximity, as female plants require a male pollinator in order to produce berries.

David viburnum is easy to grow in average, well-drained soil and either full sun or partial shade. However, the shrub benefits from a location with afternoon shade if you live in a climate with hot summers.

David Viburnum Care

Caring for Viburnum davidii is also uninvolved.

  • Water the plant regularly until it is established. From that point, water during extended periods of hot, dry weather.
  • Fertilize the shrub after blooming using a fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.
  • A layer of mulch keeps the roots cool and moist in summer.
  • Trim as needed in late winter or early spring.

To propagate David viburnum, plant seeds outdoors in autumn. David viburnum propagation is also easily accomplished by taking cuttings in summer.

Is David Viburnum Poisonous?

Viburnum davidii berries are mildly toxic and may cause stomach upset and vomiting when eaten in large quantities. Otherwise, the plant is safe.

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