Walter's Viburnum

Viburnum obovatum

Walter's Viburnum (Viburnum obovatum)

This wonderful shrub is often is recommended by nursery growers as the best large shrub or small tree for central and south Florida. If you don’t have room for a large shrub, there are dwarf varieties. This evergreen is covered with lovely white, fragrant flowers in spring that last several weeks. After flowering, the red berries turn black berries providing food and its dense foliage provides nesting cover for birds. Butterflies are also attracted to the blooms. This shrub can be espaliered, pruned to a hedge or even sheared into a topiary. Walter’s Viburnum cousin Viburnum rufidulum has colorful fall foliage from scarlet to purple.

  • Zone: 8-10
  • Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
  • Deciduous: No, evergreen
  • Drought tolerance: High
  • Soil: Tolerates most soil types
  • Light: Sun to shade although may be thinner in shade
  • Flowers: White
  • Berries: Small black
  • Form: Multi-trunked with grey/silver bark
  • Size: 8-25 ft. height; 6-10 ft. wide
  • Wildlife: Birds and butterflies
  • Pests: None

Reprinted with permission from  "The Gardener's Journal", JUNE 2016 VOL. 65 A publication of the UF/IFAS Sumter County Master Gardeners. To subscribe to this journal click List Manager.

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