TREES & plants

Hybrid leatherleaf viburnum

Creamy white flowers of hybrid leatherleaf viburnum

Leatherleaf viburnum is a hybrid cross between Wayfaringtree and leatherleaf viburnum. A semi-evergreen large shrub used for background borders, screening or specimen plantings.

This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.


Botanical name: 
Viburnum x rhytidophylloides
All Common Names: 
Hybrid leatherleaf viburnum, Lantanaphyllum viburnum
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen, 
  • Massing, 
  • Foundation, 
  • Mixed border, 
  • Screen
Size Range: 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), 
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7, 
  • Zone 8
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid spring, 
  • Late spring
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Arching, 
  • Upright
Growth Rate: 
  • Moderate
More Information: 

Size & form

Upright, spreading shrub reaching 8 to 10 feet high and wide

Tree & Plant Care

Best in full sun to part shade out of direct wind
Mulch provides cooler root environment
Flowers on old wood, prune after flowering
May have dieback in harsh winters

Disease, pests, and problems

No serious problems

Native geographic location and habitat

Oh hybrid origin; cross between Wayfaringtree and leatherleaf viburnum.

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Hybrid leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum x rhytidophylloides)Hybrid leatherleaf viburnum leavesphoto: John Hagstrom

Opposite, 4 to 6 inches long elliptical leaves
Dark green with a leathery, rugose texture
Semi-evergreen in the southern end of its range; deciduous in the northern climate
No fall color, but leaves will stay on the plant late into fall

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Small, creamy white flowers in  3 to 4 inch, flat-topped to slightly domed clusters

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Berry-like fruits (drupes); red maturing to black
Requires other viburnums near by to pollinate for good fruit production

Cultivars and their differences 

Alleghany hybrid leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum x rhytidophylloides 'Alleghany'):  Large, dense 10 to 12 feet high rounded habit; very dark green leathery leaves; flowers and fruits more abundantly. More cold hardy than  hybrid parents.

Willowwood hybrid leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum x rhytidophylloides 'Willowwood'):  A 15' x 10' rounded shrub with arching branches; dark green leathery foliage; cold hardy in the Midwest.

Viburnum x rhytidophylloides or Hybrid leatherleaf viburnum

We do not seem to have this in our living collection.