Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum Rhytidophyllum)

Viburnum Rhytidophyllum

Leatherleaf Viburnum

Caprifoliaceae

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-white flowers are 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 Korean viburnum. It requires a moderately heavy soil 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 holly and barberry, or with perennials.

02. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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