Viburnum obovatum

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Walter's Viburnum "Withlacoochee"


Plant Specifics

Size:6-15  ft by tall  by 6-8 ft wide, may sucker to form clones.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Red,black
Phenology:Tardily deciduous leafing out shortly after the old leaves fall. Blooms late winter-early spring. Fruits ripen late summer-early fall.
Noted for:Fall color, Showy flowers, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant, multi-trunked. 
Propagation:Cuttings. This is a cultivar, so don't attempt to reproduce from seed.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Humus (organic, upland), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Birds and other wildlife consume the fruit.


Larval host for the spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon). Attracts many pollinators. Fruits eaten by birds and small mammals.

Native Habitats:Cultivated as an ornamental.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:The name Walter's viburnum honors Thomas Walter (1740-89), English-born planter of South Carolina, who described this species in his Flora Caroliniana.