leatherleaf viburnum Caprifoliaceae Viburnum rhytidophyllum Hemsl. Listen to the Latin symbol: VIRH Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Opposite, simple, evergreen, narrowly oblong, 4 to 7 inches long, entire margin, conspicuously wrinkled, scruffy and thick, dark green above, much paler and tomentose below.
Flower: Showy 3 to 7 inch clusters of small white flowers, appearing in mid-spring.
Fruit: Clusters of oval drupes (1/3 inch long) that are initially red and scaly, later turning black, ripen in late summer.
Twig: Moderate, very tomentose, tan to rusty brown; terminal buds large, naked and fuzzy, flower buds in a tight cluster.
Bark: Dark gray with shallow splits.
Form: A large, multi-stemmed, dense shrub that reaches heights of 15 feet.

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Additional Range Information:
Viburnum rhytidophyllum is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting leatherleaf viburnum.
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External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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