Viburnum obovatum, Walter’s Withlacoochee
The Withlacoochee was voted “Best New Ornamental Plant” in 2003 by Florida Nurserymen and Allied Trade Show. It’s growth habits stays uniformed and does not get leggy as other species do. In Spring showy white blooms appear and flowering for 2 to weeks. During the winter the foliage turns maroon responding to cold weather and keeping a very full appears in the winter holding more of its leaves than other Viburnums.
Excellent nesting, covering, and food source for a variety of birds and wildlife with it’s dense foliage. Use as a large semi-evergreen hedge, natural screen or border and may be pruned for more compact hedge. Best grown in moist soils, but will tolerant drought once established.
For planting as a privacy row hedge you’ll need to space at least 8-10 feet apart.
Multi-Trunked Semi-Evergreen Shrub
Yearly Foliage: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 7-10
Light: Full Sun to part shade
Mature Growth: 6-15 feet high – 6-8 feet wide
Soil: Average, Moist, sandy acid fertile
Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Nectar-butterflies, Nectar-bees, Birds food source
Plant Size when available: 1 gallon, 2 gallon, 3 gallon