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Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num ry-ti-do-FIL-um
Description

Leatherleaf Viburnum is an evergreen shrub from China. The leaves and blooms are showy and berries can last into winter. In colder winter areas it may experience winter die-back. Plant where it can be protected from winter winds. Prefers well-drained average to moist acidic soils. Use in mixed shrub borders or as a hedge. Blooms in late spring; the flower buds are formed in late summer to early fall of the previous year and are also ornamental. The dark-green foliage is also desirable.

Quick ID

  • Leaves are wrinkled, tomentose above and below
  • Large, OPPOSITE, lanceolate, dark-green leaves
  • Late-spring yellow-white cymes 10-20 cm across
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Cree
Tags:
#butterflies#evergreen#specimen#wildlife plant#low maintenance#winter interest#hedges#deer resistant#shrub border#red fruits#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Cree
Tags:
#butterflies#evergreen#specimen#wildlife plant#low maintenance#winter interest#hedges#deer resistant#shrub border#red fruits#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    rhytidophyllum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies. This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Open
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    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
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Red drupe turns black and can last into winter
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Creamy white flowers on 4 to 8 in. flat-topped cyme. Individual small flowers have long stamens, 5 petals and are 1/4 inch wide. Inflorescence is a 7-11 rayed, flat-topped axillary cyme.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, simple, lanceolate, entire, distinctly rugose, tomentose above and below, 3-7 in long and 1-2 in wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are gray-brown, young stems pubescent.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer