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Viburnum odoratissimum (Viburnum, Sweet)

Viburnum, Sweet

Viburnum odoratissimum

The Sweet Viburnum is an excellent large shrub or small tree native to Asia that has established itself in the Texan landscape. It is fast growing and relatively pest and disease free, and as a viburnum it’s as deer resistant as any plant can hope for. The smooth, leathery leaves can grow up to six inches long; they are dull green on one side and bright green on the other.

In full sun, it creates a thick and lush shrub that is ideal for privacy screens or sound breaks along fence lines. In the shade it will not grow as robust, but slight pruning will encourage thicker growth. With only minimum pruning of lower branches, it easily forms into a small tree with a natural multi-trunked canopy.

In the spring, tiny white flowers nearly cover the entire plant and are very fragrant, contributing to its name. Red drupe berries follow, turning black in the fall, attracting birds easily.

Small Tree

Flower Color:




15-20 Feet



15-20 Feet

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Viburnum odoratissimum

Interesting Notes

Viburnum is the most deer tolerant plant you can have in the landscape.

USDA Hardiness Zone 8a

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs