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Viburnum rhytidophyllum 'Cree'

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vy-BUR-num ry-ti-do-FIL-um
Description

‘Cree’  was grown from open-pollinated seed collected from V. rhytidophyllum from a plant located in China. It is similar to its parent but more compact and was released for sale in 1994. 'Cree' is an evergreen to semievergreen, fairly upright, multistemmed, dense shrub that reaches a height of 8 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide with a slow growth rate. The showy flat-topped cymes appear in May and are followed by red fruit that matures to nearly black and may persist into winter.

Plant in average moist acidic well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Use as a foundation plant, in the shrub border or as a hedge.

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#showy flowers#full sun tolerant#white flowers#shrub#slow growing#spring flowers#cottage garden#hedges#foundation planting#evergreen shrub#compact habit#bird friendly#partial shade tolerant#shrub borders
 
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#showy flowers#full sun tolerant#white flowers#shrub#slow growing#spring flowers#cottage garden#hedges#foundation planting#evergreen shrub#compact habit#bird friendly#partial shade tolerant#shrub borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    rhytidophyllum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract pollinators and birds will eat the fruits.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • 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)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • 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:
    Red drupes mature to nearly black and may persist into winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    3-4 inch clusters of white to cream-colored flowers bloom in May. Individual flowers have 5 petals and long stamens.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are up to 4.5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. They are lanceolate in shape with acute tips, obtuse base, prominent veins and entire margins. The upper surface is dark green, smooth and corrigated. The undersurface tomentose (densely matted hairs).
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Bark Description:
    Smooth gray bark
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer