Viburnum lantana ' Variegata'
Variegated Wayfaringtree Viburnum
 
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Family: Moschatel family (Adoxaceae)
Native Habitat: Europe, western Asia

Viburnum lantana is an easily grown and attractive shrub for the home landscape. It sports large clusters of creamy-white flowers for several weeks in May. Highly ornamental clusters of red berry-like drupes follow in summer. The leaves are leathery and fairly large, up to 5" long. Its quite cold hardy and is rarely bothered by insects or disease. Basically an all around good shrub; not great, but good. Fall color tends towards purple-red but is often inconsistent and can be downright poor. It can grow quite large for today's smaller landscapes; up to 10 or even 12 ft. in height.

A mad scientist, while pondering this shrub (more likely a mad horticulturist), might think "Hmmm, a pretty good plant, but could use improvement. How can we make it better? I've got it- VARIEGATED LEAVES!" Fortunately, that improvement already exists. V. lantana 'Variegata' exhibits all the good characters of the species plus attractive leaves splashed with cream and yellow for excellent foliage interest all season long. Another plus is that it stays smaller than the species, growing to a maximum of about 8 ft. and taking its time to get there.

Ornamental Characteristics: Unique Viburnum grown for its attractive yellow and cream splashed variegated leaves. Showy 3 to 5" wide clusters of creamy-white flowers are effective for several weeks in May. Red berry-like fruit clusters follow in summer and gradually change to black as they age. Fall color can be a good red-purple but is inconsistent and can be poor.
Habit & Growth Rate: Slow growing to a maximum height of 8 ft. with a similar spread.
Landscape Uses: Shrub border, foundation plantings, screens, hedges. Deer resistant.
Hardiness: Zone 3 to 7
Culture: Easily grown in average garden soil. Full sun to part shade. Tolerates dry soils once established. Tolerates alkaline conditions better than most other species of viburnum. Prune as needed immediately after flowering because flower buds form in summer for the following year.
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Award of Garden Merit, Royal Horticultural Society
Recommended, Ohio Nursery & Landscape Assoc.
Recommended Highly, Ohio Nursery & Landscape Assoc.
Gold Medal Plant Award, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society