This vigorous, coarsely textured evergreen shrub has an upright habit and 8-inch-long, lustrous, deeply veined oval leaves with dark blue-green surfaces and pale green undersides. The leaf stems are fuzzy brown. In spring, fragrant creamy-white flowers bloom in clusters. Blue berries form in June and become plump through September, maturing to glossy black. Plants grow 10-15 feet tall and wide. Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leatherleaf Viburnum) is a species of Viburnum, native to Asia.
The plant is an evergreenshrub or small tree with a suckering habit. The leaves are opposite, crinkled, downy on the underside, less so on the upper surface.