|'Onondaga' bears velvety, fine-textured, dark maroon young foliage that maintains its color when mature. The flat topped cymes of red buds, flowers turn a creamy white with a trace of pink when opened 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches wide.
Viburnum sargentii is similar to V. opulus, a multistemmed shrub reaching 12 to 15 feet high and wide. New leaves are bronzy purple, summer foliage is dark green and fall may produce yellow or red tones. White flowers with purple anthers appear in late spring, on 3 to 4 inches cymes, the outer ring bearing the showy sterile flowers that may be 1 inch wide. Fall fruiting, with 1/2 inch wide scarlet drupes, nicely decorative.
Not a very heat tolerant species, best suited to colder climates. It is more resistant to aphids than V. opulus and has no real pest problems.