Leatherleaf viburnum

Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Leatherleaf viburnum - Viburnum rhytidophyllum

Common Name: Leatherleaf viburnum
Genus: Viburnum
Species: rhytidophyllum

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 4.00 m (400 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: red fruits ripening to black in autumn which can cause a mild stomach ache if ingested

A vigorous evergreen shrub with lovely corrugated dark green leaves. In late spring it produces small, tubular white flowers, followed in autumn by red fruit which ripen to black. It is a large shrub, so is best planted at the back of the border where the huge leaves can act as a foil for other plants.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Where necessary remove any misplaced or diseased branches in mid-summer after flowering
  • Goes well with: Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten', Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, Dryopteris filix-mas, Polygonatum odoratum, Astrantia major alba, Rosa rugosa var. alba.

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