Small viburnum, Walter’s viburnum
Viburnum obovatum

Landscape Uses:

Accent or specimen shrub or small tree. Informal and formal hedges. Buffer plantings.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Widely cultivated. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
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.
Typically 10-20 feet in height in South Florida; to 30 feet in Florida. Often as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
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.
Floodplain forests and hammocks
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:
Flower Characteristics:
Flowering Season:
Drupe, red turning black.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides significant food and cover for wildlife. Attracts pollinators. Birds and other animals eat the fruits.
Horticultural Notes:
See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

George D. Gann, 2017
In cultivation by Green Isle Gardens, Florida
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton