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Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leatherleaf Viburnum)

Leatherleaf Viburnum, Wrinkled Viburnum

Viburnum rhytidophyllum,Wrinkled Viburnum, Leatherleaf Viburnum, Evergreen Shrub, shrub with berries, White flowers, Red berries
Viburnum rhytidophyllum,Wrinkled Viburnum, Leatherleaf Viburnum, Evergreen Shrub, shrub with berries, White flowers, Red berries

Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leatherleaf Viburnum) is a large evergreen shrub of upright habit with very long, glossy, heavily veined, dark green leaves adorned with gray undersides. In late spring, showy domed clusters, 4-8 in. across (10-20 cm), packed with small creamy-white flowers are abundantly produced. They give way to pendulous clusters of bright red berries in early fall, which ripen to glossy black and often persist until early winter. Perfect for the shrub border, effective in massing or as a background plant.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm). Another seedling or cultivar is required for pollination.
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, moderately fertile, humus-rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Some drought tolerance once established. Protect from strong winds.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, hedges and screens and foundation plantings.
  • Attractive to butterflies and birds.
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious insect or disease problems but watch for leaf spot.
  • Prune as required immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.
  • Fruit if eaten can cause a mild stomach upset.
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum, Leatherleaf Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles 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)

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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 5 - 8
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum, Leatherleaf Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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