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Plants of the UNF Campus

Viburnum obovatum - Walter’s viburnum
Family Adoxaceae


Approximately one hundred fifty species of Viburnum are native to North America, Europe, and Asia. They are shrubs and small trees. Walters viburnum has small white flowers in clusters in late winter when few other flowers can be found, and flowers sporadically through spring and fall. Birds eat the small black fruits.


This species tends to cluster by making small plants from its roots. At least one variety has been selected because it does not produce these shoots. This selection will retain its form well when pruned into a small tree. The dwarf varieties serve well as informal hedges. With a little trimming, they can serve as foundation plants.


See plants at the south side of building 2 and the north side of building 39.


Large shrub to about twelve feet tall with some dwarf cultivars.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: very drought tolerant when established

Soil: very adaptable, no special requirements

This native evergreen shrub is becoming a popular plant in the nursery trade. It is adaptable to a wide range of environmental conditions and is drought tolerant. Dwarf varieties grow to about 4 or 5 feet tall.

Viburnum obovatum