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Leatherleaf Viburnum



Leatherleaf viburnum is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 10 to 15 feet high with a comparable spread.

With a rounded, upright growth habit, it grows at a medium fast rate. The puckered leaves grow on fuzzy twigs. The dark green shiny leaves are medium sized with deep veins running through them. The bottom of the leaves is a soft felty gray.

Small clusters of yellowish-white flowers appear in late spring. Small red fruits follow that ripen to a shiny black.

Landscaping Ideas

Leatherleaf viburnum looks nice in small groupings or as part of a mixed border of small shrubs.

For example, you could plant them in a border that contained barberry shrubs, different viburnum species and rhododendrons.

They work well in woodland gardens as underplantings or anywhere you have more shade than sun. They also make good screen plants and provide an unusual texture to the garden.

Since they are evergreen, they provide year round interest in the garden. With the flowers in spring and the berries in fall and winter, this plant is always adding something new to the landscape.

There are several cultivars of this viburnum to choose from or you can mix and match them. 'Aldenhamense' has yellowish leaves, while others are hybrids of various kinds with other viburnums. Some of these hybrids will bloom both in the fall and the spring while displaying the leatherleaf characteristics.

Care and Planting

Leatherleaf viburnum grows fast and prefers acidic soil. A second plant is required for cross pollination to get fruit. You must make sure that it is genetically different than the first plant, so choosing a different cultivar is the easiest way to ensure that.

Plant your shrub in shade to partial sun. Water it regularly, especially the first year to get the root system developed.

Prune your viburnum right after flowering so you don't miss out on the next season. Buds for the spring are produced in late summer and can be seen on the plant throughout the winter.

Prune out any damaged or dead branches. Protect your shrub from strong winter winds or your leaves will be damaged.

Viburnum Information

  • Scientific Name: Viburnum rhytidophyllum

  • Best Soil: Sandy loam to partial clay

  • Light: Deep shade to partial sun

  • Growth Rate: Medium fast

  • Foilage: Dark green

  • Fall Color:

  • Bloom: White and yellow

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 10 to 15 feet tall and up to 12 feet wide and a rounded shape

  • Hardiness Zone: 6 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: 12 to 15 feet


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