Leatherleaf viburnum is considered a large, rough textured, evergreen shrub, but in northern climates it will lose its leaves in late autumn and often suffers stem dieback in cold winters. While the creamy white flowers light up the spring landscape, this species offers no fall color change and very little fruiting.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Evergreen (foliage year-round)
- Mixed border,
- Compact tree (10-15 feet),
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Early winter,
- Mid winter,
- Late winter,
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall,
- Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A large upright to rounded, course-textured shrub reaching 10 to 15 feet high and wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun with adequate, well-drained soil moisture.
Site in a protected area to avoid leaf and stem damage
Stem dieback often occurs when temperatures go below -10 degrees F
Prune after flowering.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious pest problems. Evergreen leaves are prone to winter damage.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to central and west China.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
photo: John Hagstrom
Opposite, dark green, oblong, 3 to 7 inches long, with a wrinkled, textured appearance.
Considered evergreen but loses leaves in late fall in norther climates.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Creamy white flowers in flat-topped to slightly domed, 4 to 8 inch clusters, with a slight fragrance.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Berry-like fruit (drupes), red maturing to black. Requires other viburnums for pollination and fruit set.