Viburnum sieboldii 'Wavecrest'

Siebold Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum sieboldii 'Wavecrest' - Let me begin by saying this should not be confused with V. lantana 'Wavecrest' (aka 'Variegata') which is a variegated form of Wayfaring Tree. Viburnum sieboldii is the Siebold Viburnum, an entirely different entity with a very different affect. Also, this rendition of Siebold Viburnum is not variegated. Pretty starry white florets in constellations decorate the cymes in May. Serrated tongues of heavy-textured leaves emerge dark red and contrast richly to the maturing green leaves. Autumn color is on the red / red-purple spectrum and has generally settled at or near a comely barn red. Fruits are plentiful and bright red - beautiful with the foil of barn red autumn leaves. Dangling fruits from red pedicels can be persistent dependent upon bird appetites. This plant is named for Bob Tomayer of Wavecrest Nursery in Michigan. Full to mostly sunny exposure planted in fertile, draining soil. 'Wavecrest' may offer the possibility of a small specimen tree for those who have pruners and control issues (!) This is not a Viburnum that exhibits drought tolerance... not for long anyway. Established potted shrub from cutting.



15-18 feet


15-18 feet



Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum sieboldii 'Wavecrest'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Border
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

Viburnum. This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Garden heroes. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Some smell of musk (Viburnum dilatatum) while others produce no fragrance at all. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit. Viburnum cassinoides is closely allied with V. nudum; but if the flowering times do not overlap then there will be no fruit. However, if you plant V. nudum 'Winterthur' in proximity with V. nudum var. angustifolium, 'Longwood', 'Moonshine' or 'Pink Beauty' berries will abound. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum f. tomentosum selection such as 'Shasta' or 'Shoshoni' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum f. tomentosum selections like 'Copper Ridges or 'Pink Beauty'. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum f. tomentosum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. As with almost all in the universe of plants there are exceptions. There is one viburnum which appears to be self-fruitful, Viburnum setigerum the Tea Viburnum. Another interesting exception to the rule is Viburnum nudum 'Pink Beauty' which is also self-fruitful - a departure from its siblings. And on the other spectrum are two I can think of off-hand that are barren, Viburnum plicatum 'Roseum' and Viburnum plicatum 'Kern's Pink'. Oftentimes, the dwarf viburnums reamin in a juvenile state and do not produce fruit. All Viburnum of any size that do produce fruit are magnificent in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown. Many thanks to Gary Ladman of Classic Viburnums who generously set us straight regarding some of the details we had originally incorrectly lauded... ya can't know everything!