Viburnum obovatum - Walter’s viburnum
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.
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.