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Viburnum obovatum (Walter’s Viburnum)

Small-Leaf Arrowwood, Walter's Viburnum

Viburnum obovatum, Small-Leaf Arrowwood, Walter's Viburnum, Blue Berries, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries

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, and 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 Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Walter's Viburnum, Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 30'
(180cm - 9.1m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

Recommended Companion Plants

Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)
Agarista populifolia (Florida Hobblebush)
Euonymus americanus (American Strawberry Bush)
Myrcianthes fragrans (Simpson’s Stopper)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (Button Bush)
Tripsacum dactyloides (Eastern Gamma Grass)
Ilex cassine (Dahoon)
Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)

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Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum opulus (European Cranberrybush)
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Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum dilatatum (Linden Viburnum)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Walter's Viburnum, Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 30'
(180cm - 9.1m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Bog Gardens, Hedges And Screens, Ponds And Streams
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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