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.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Mid spring,
- Late spring
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 texturephoto: 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.