Sweet Viburnum

Sweet Smelling Flowers & Evergreen Privacy - What's Not to Love!

If you are looking for a plant that will really add a ‘wow’ factor to your yard, the Sweet Viburnum shrub is an optimum choice. This easy-to-grow shrub offers dark green accents and beautiful fall colors with minimum maintenance—a win-win situation! The Sweet Viburnum growth rate makes it a great choice if you are looking to add beauty to your landscape quickly!

The green foliage of the Sweet Viburnum bush is smooth textured and covered in dark green leaves. Tiny fragrant white flowers are held in loose, branching clusters that develop in early spring, are pleasantly sweet smelling, and cover the plant. The shrub’s red berries turn to blue black and are attractive to birds, but they are sparingly produced in Florida. The red fruit appears later in the year as the plant exhibits beautiful fall foliage and gives viburnum excellent winter interest.

The Sweet Viburnum hedge is a favorite among landscapers and gardeners to use as a framing plant due to the delectable springtime fragrance. The Sweet Viburnum growth rate is also why it’s a favorite – it can grow 1-2 feet per year.  The Sweet Viburnum height can grow very large – up to 25-30 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide at mature size making it a nice privacy hedge or windbreak.

Sweet Viburnum Care

This fast growing viburnum plant prefers growing in slightly acidic, moist, well drained soil and is moderately drought tolerant. Grows best in full sun to partial shade.  The bloom time for its extremely fragrant flower clusters is in spring and it can handle a wide range of soil types except for wet soil conditions which lead to root rot.

Viburnum odoratissimum grows best in the US Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8-10 (not the most cold hardy). It is beautiful, versatile, and rarely bothered by pests or disease. This aesthetic plant can be potentially a very large evergreen shrub or small viburnum tree.

The best time of the year to plant this viburnum evergreen is anytime! It does best in southern climates therefore you can plant it any time of year except in freezing temperatures. Prune your viburnum tree after the shrub has finished flowering for the best results. You can even prune it into a small tree.

This hardy viburnum shrub does require extensive watering during the first year of planting to establish a strong root system. Irrigation atop of the root ball may help roots grow into surrounding soils.

Check out our Sweet Viburnum for sale to add to your landscape today! It is one of the best smelling viburnums and the small white spring flowers will not disappoint.

Viburnum Growing Guide coming soon.

Check out our blog post on other Plants that Produce Berries.


Botanical Name

Viburnum Odoratissimum

Sunlight Full Sun / Partial Shade
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 25-30 ft
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Growing Zones 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Grows fast
  • Evergreen hedge
  • Showy flowers
  • Fragrant

Shipping Info

Once your Sweet Viburnum order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The Viburnum Odoratissimum or Sweet Viburnum prefers full sun or partial shade and does well in a variety of climates. It is adaptable to most soil types. It is moderately drought tolerant once established, but regular watering is preferred.

A fast-growing variety, this Viburnum can get quite large if left to grow completely naturally. Occasional pruning will contain their naturally mounded shape, or they are very tolerant of regular shearing and can be maintained as a 4 to 6 foot formal hedge.

For hedge growth, the Sweet Viburnum should be spaced 3 to 4 feet apart.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Sweet Viburnum, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Amma Ray

    This plant makes the whole walkway smell amazing!! I love viburnums for their low maintenance qualities and the customer service from Perfect Plants was very helpful.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      We love viburnums too! Thank you for your review

  2. KAREN R (verified owner)

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    Beautiful healthy plants! Very pleased. Better than I anticipated. Will definitely be purchasing more. Arrived in perfect condition!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Karen! Sweet viburnum plants are one of our favorites for their adorable little blossoms. We are glad you are pleased and cant wait to help your garden grow more!

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