Oval Leaved Viburnum

Oval-leaved Viburnum (Viburnum ellipticum)
Viburnum ellipticum

Oval-leaved viburnum (Viburnum ellipticum) is a broadleaf, deciduous shrub of three-season interest. Viburnum is also known as the “wayfaring tree.” It attracts pollinators and beneficial insects, and provides food and shelter for birds and other wildlife.

Viburnum’s form is erect and loosely-branched. Leaves are 1-3 inches, simple, ovate to almost round and coarsely toothed. Clusters of small white flowers bloom in late spring and early summer. Fruit is a red drupe, becoming black. Foliage turns red in the autumn.

Oval-leaved viburnum is native west of the Cascades in Oregon and Washington, where it is found mainly on the edges of deciduous woods and along streams. This shrub tolerates seasonal flooding and drought.


  • Light Requirements: Full Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade
  • Water Requirements: Dry, Moist
  • Ease of Growing: Easy to grow
  • Growth Rate: Moderate
  • Spreads:
  • Wildlife Support: Pollinators, Pest-eating Insects, Birds or Mammals
  • Edible:
  • Mature Height: 5-15ft
  • Mature Width: 6-10ft