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Raulston's Hardy Viburnum Viburnum obovatum 'Raulston Hardy'

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  • Viburnum obovatum 'Raulston's Hardy'
Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num ob-oh-VAY-tum
Description

'Raulston Hardy' is a dwarf viburnum cultivar introduced by the J.C. Raulston Arboretum.  Developed from the US-native Walter's viburnum (Viburnum obovatum), it is smaller, denser, and hardier than the species, forming a tight bush useful for landscaping. Its form lends itself as an alternative for boxwood species with the added bonus of white April-blooming flowers and black fruits loved by birds.  It is evergreen to semi-evergreen, taking on some purple color in colder weather, though may become deciduous closer to zone 6.

Plant in full sun to partial shade in average, moist, acidic, well-drained soils.  It is tolerant of both dry and wet soils, cold and drought, heat and humidity, and even salt and browsing by herbivores.  Its small size lends itself to many landscape uses such as hedges, foundation plantings, containers, and even specimen plants.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.

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#evergreen#hardy#showy flowers#full sun tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#white flowers#shrub#semi-evergreen#salt tolerant#year-round interest#showy fruits#hedges#pond margins#deer resistant#foundation planting#black fruits#bird friendly#food source soft mast fruit#partial shade tolerant#bee friendly#bog gardens#woodland garden#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    obovatum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Early food source for bees. Birds and other wildlife eat the fruits.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Oval
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    1/4 inch red to shiny black drupes in fall.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1.75-2.25 inch dome-shaped clusters of small white flowers open in early spring. May start blooming sporadically in the fall and winter.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Obovate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves at 1 to 2 inches long and 1/3 to 1.25 inches wide. They are often a lustrous dark green in summer with a varying amount of purple fall color. They are evergreen during warm winters and semi-evergreen to deciduous in cold winter. Margins are entire to slightly toothed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Reddish-brown stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Pond
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Heat
    Humidity
    Rabbits
    Salt
    Wet Soil