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Viburnum dilatatum (linden viburnum)

Linden viburnum is a large shrub with neat, round leaves and flat heads of small white flowers followed by red, or sometimes yellow, fleshy berries.
Viburnum dilatatum in Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan

Viburnum dilatatum in Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden, Osaka, Japan (Photo: Licensed under CC by 3.0)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Viburnum dilatatum Thunb.

Common name: 

linden viburnum, linden arrow wood

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria, but not considered to be at risk in the wild.


Scrub on hills and low mountains.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, traditional medicine.

Known hazards: 

Raw berries inedible; cooked berries edible but best avoided. Birds are slow to eat them in winter.


Genus: Viburnum

About this species

Viburnum dilatatum is a common shrub in the lowlands and foothills of mountains in Japan, China and South Korea. The leaves are shaped like those of a lime tree (Tilia species), with conspicuous parallel veins, and often turn red or purple in the autumn. The berries are slightly elongated, with a dark spot (the remains of the flower) at the tip. Both red-fruited and yellow-fruited forms are cultivated.

Linden viburnum was introduced into cultivation in Europe from Japan in 1875. It is more commonly cultivated in North America, where several cultivars have been selected. 


Viburnum dilatatum var. macrophyllum


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