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Leatherleaf Viburnum | Plant Profile

Leatherleaf Viburnum  are semi-evergreen shrubs. These large shrubs can grow to 12′ and as wide. In spring, groupings of flat white flowers appear to cover the foliage. Red berries are blossom in fall, but turn black with age. Berries often remain until mid-winter. The dark green leaves are somewhat shiny. There are multiple varieties of Leatherleaf Viburnum; Please see below.

Leatherleaf Viburnum prefer average fertility, medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. While evergreen in the south, the foliage may die back in the harsh Pennsylvania winters. Prune dead flowers to encourage next year’s growth.

Leatherleaf Viburnum’s berries are attractive to birds and other wildlife. They can be grown as a hedge when massed or as singular ornamental pieces


Leatherleaf Viburnum Characteristics

Leatherleaf Viburnum are dense showy and showy hedges, particularly when in bloom.

'Doublefile' (pictured) can grow as wide as tall with horizontal branches. The flat white flowers lay across the foliage, giving a snow-covered appearance when in bloom.

'Korean Spice' grow up to 8'. Pink flowers become white with age. The circular blooms resemble snowballs. The foliage may turn a slight shade of red in the fall.

Viburnum rhytidophyllum produces flat topped clusters of white flowers and red-to-black berries. They may be damaged in winter and should be cut back if foliage loses its shape or needs revitalization.

'Pragense' have elliptical dark green leaves, white flowers, and red-to-black berries. While attractive to birds and butterflies, deer tend to avoid these shrubs.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 5 - 8
6.00 - 10.00'
6.00 - 10.00'
Bloom Time
May - June
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?