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Viburnum obovatum

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vih-BUR-num ob-oh-VAY-tum
Description

Walter's Viburnum is a native large shrub or small tree that is densely twiggy and upright ascending. It prefers consistently moist well-drained soils and appreciates some afternoon shade. Its native habitat is the coastal plains in hammocks, thickets and swamp margins. This plant is slightly salt tolerant. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#showy berries#white flowers#shrub#semi-evergreen#salt tolerant#pond margins#deer resistant#part shade#native garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#showy flowers#showy berries#white flowers#shrub#semi-evergreen#salt tolerant#pond margins#deer resistant#part shade#native garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    obovatum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Coastal plain from SC to AL
    Distribution:
    AL , FL , GA , SC
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Oval
    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
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • 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:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    1.75-2.25 inch dome-shaped clusters of small white flowers open early spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    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.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits
    Salt