Viburnum rhytidophyllum

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Viburnum rhytidophyllum
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Foliage and inflorescence
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
Species: V. rhytidophyllum
Binomial name
Viburnum rhytidophyllum

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 evergreen shrub or small tree with a suckering habit. The leaves are opposite, crinkled, downy on the underside, less so on the upper surface.

Cultivation and uses[edit]

It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant for its evergreen foliage and is tolerant of deep shade.