Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum Rhytidophyllum)
The leatherleaf viburnum from central and western China is an evergreen species, as are Viburnum henryi and Viburnum utile, both from central China. It is a shrub growing to a height of 2 to 4m (6 to 13 ft). The leaves, often up to 20cm (8 in) long, are wrinkled, glossy dark green above, greyish-yellow and felted below. They remain on the shrub throughout the winter but droop slightly as a rule. The yellowish-whiteare borne in large, flat, felted clusters 10 to 20 cm (4 to 8 in) across. They begin to develop in autumn and unfold in May and June. The fruits are drupes that turn red and later bluish-black when they ripen, remaining on the shrub till late winter.
The leatherleaf viburnum is propagated by the same methods as the. It requires a moderately heavy which will not dry out, and does well in slightly sheltered locations protected against drying winds. The leaves curl slightly in winter; this is neither a sign of damage nor disease but a form of protection against excessive evaporation, the same as in some rhododendrons. The leatherleaf viburnum is a splendid ornamental shrub, chiefly because of its evergreen leaves. It is generally planted as a solitary specimen or in loose groupings. It is also effective combined with other evergreen shrubs such as and barberry, or with perennials.