Leatherleaf viburnum is an evergreen shrub, but in northern climates the evergreen leaves may be damaged by winter. While the creamy white flowers light up the spring landscape, this species offers no fall color change and very little fruiting.
- 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
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Evergreen (foliage year-round)
- Early winter
- Mid winter
- Late winter
- Early spring
- Mid spring
- Late spring
- Early summer
- Mid summer
- Late summer
- Early fall
- Mid fall
- Late fall
10 to 15 feet high and wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Site in a protected area to avoid damage to evergreen foliage.
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 China.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texturephoto: John Hagstrom
Simple leaves in pairs (opposite); leathery and evergreen with a wrinkled, textured appearance.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Small, creamy white flowers in flat-topped to slightly domed clusters, with a slight fragrance.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Berry-like fruit (drupes), red maturing to black.