Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Lantanaphyllum Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum x rhytidophylloides Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Related Cultivars:

    Viburnum x rhytidophylloides 'Allegheny'
    Viburnum x rhytidophylloides 'Willowwood'

  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 10-12'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Upright: spreading
  • Culture:

    Adaptable. Full sun to partial shade. Requires a protected location in the northern half of zone 5.

  • Notes:

    A hybrid of the wayfaringtree viburnum (V. lantana) and leatherleaf viburnum (V. rhytidophyllum), an evergreen species not hardy in the upper Midwest. White flower clusters in May are followed by red fruit in late summer changing to black by fall. The attractive foliage is a rich dark green, deeply rugose with a leathery texture, and remains green through late fall (semi-evergreen). It will die back to the snow line during severe winters in zone 5, but is less prone to damage in a protected location.

  • Pollination of viburnums:

    As are most viburnums, this species is self-sterile (cannot pollinate itself) and therefore requires another individual of the same species nearby for pollination and subsequent fruit display. Using clonal plants (cultivars) may be desirable where uniformity is important, but a planting of a single cultivar will bear few fruit.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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