Please scroll to the bottom for more images.
Small viburnum, Walter’s viburnum
Viburnum obovatum
Adoxaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2017
In cultivation by Green Isle Gardens, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Accent or specimen shrub or small tree. Informal and formal hedges. Buffer plantings.

Availability: Widely cultivated. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296) and in Largo at Wilcox Nursery and Landscape (727-595-2073).

Description: Small to medium tree with a broadly spreading crown. Trunks to 6 inches in diameter, but usually much less in South Florida. Bark nearly black, furrowed. Leaves temperate semi-deciduous, dark green above, pale beneath, about 1/2-1 1/2 inches long.

Dimensions: Typically 10-20 feet in height in South Florida; to 30 feet in Florida. Often as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States south to Broward County and the Monroe County mainland. Very rare in southeastern Florida. In Broward County known only from Fern Forest Nature Center. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website. A number of new discoveries in South Florida have occured since the production of Little's map.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Floodplain forests and hammocks

Soils: Seasonally wet to moist, moderately well-drained sandy soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Winter-spring.

Fruit: Drupe, red turning black.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides significant food and cover for wildlife. Birds and other animals eat the fruits.


Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2017
In cultivation by Green Isle Gardens, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


Other data on Viburnum obovatum available from:



 
Resources Links:
Acknowledgements and past sponsors
Find Native Plants!
Become a sponsor!
 
 
Additional Sponsors: