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Viburnum obovatum (Walter's Viburnum)

Small-Leaf Arrowwood, Walter's Viburnum


Viburnum obovatum (Walter's Viburnum) is a large evergreen to semi-evergreen to deciduous shrub (or small tree) with a dense rounded habit. The foliage of small, wedge-shaped, leathery, dark green leaves may remain on the tree in mild winters. In early spring, the shrub is covered with a profusion of flat-topped clusters, 2-3 in. wide (5-7 cm), of creamy white flowers. Blooming for about 2 or 3 weeks, they are borne at the branch tips while the leaves develop. Their nectar provides a food source for bees and butterflies. They are followed by clusters of berries maturing from red to shiny black. The lush foliage and summer berries provide great cover, nesting and food sources for a variety of birds and other wildlife. Native to swamp margins, stream banks and moist low open woods along the coastal plain from South Carolina to Florida and Alabama, Walter's Viburnum may be used in the landscape as an unpruned, natural screen or a fine-textured, clipped hedge. It can be sheared into a topiary or espalier or trained into a small tree with multiple trunks.

  • Grows up to 6-30 ft. tall (180-900 cm) and 6-12 ft. wide (180-360 cm). Fast growing, this plant may sucker and form a thicket.
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in fertile, acid, moist to wet, well-drained soils. Best growth occurs with consistent and even moisture.
  • Perfect for shrub borders, hedges and screens, foundation plantings, near ponds and streams.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is virtually pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by seed or cuttings. Seeds require scarification and may take several years to germinate.
  • Native to swamp margins, stream banks and moist low open woods along the coastal plain from South Carolina to Florida and Alabama.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 30' (180cm – 9m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6' – 30' (180cm – 9m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Hedges and Screens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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