Leatherleaf viburnum

Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Photo/Illustration: 
Sue Mason
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Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)
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Genus:  Viburnum
This vigorous, coarsely textured evergreen shrub has an upright habit and 8-inch-long, lustrous, deeply veined oval leaves with dark blue-green surfaces and pale green undersides. The leaf stems are fuzzy brown. In spring, fragrant creamy-white flowers bloom in clusters. Blue berries form in June and become plump through September, maturing to glossy black. Plants grow 10-15 feet tall and wide.
Care:  This plant grows in rich, moist, and very acidic soils, and tolerates wet soils. Shelter from cold, drying winds. It does well in shade but blooms best in almost full sun. Leaves may droop during extended periods of freezing temperatures.
Propagation:  Take greenwood cuttings in summer
Problems:  Gray mold (Botrytis), rust, downy mildew, powdery mildew, wood rot, Verticillium wilt, leaf spots, and dieback. Aphids, Viburnum beetles, scale insects, weevils, Japanese beetles, mealybugs, and tree hoppers.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge,
Screening
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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