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Viburnum obovatum Small Viburnum

Viburnum obovatum

Small Viburnum

The common name (Small Viburnum) for this species is somewhat deceiving in that a 10 year old plant at the University of Georgia Botanical Garden is 12' high and wide.  The only real small feature of the species is its foliage which is semi-evergreen in zone 7, otherwise deciduous in colder climates.  Fortunately, many smaller cultivars and hybrids have come from this species.  Lustrous, dark green leaves are up to 2" long and 1¼" wide.  Small, non-fragrant white flowers emerge with the leaves in April.  Although the flowers are small, they are produced in such great quantiry that the whole effect is quite impressive.  Fruit is oval, beginning red, then shiny black.  Very heat and drought tolerant.  Native to South Carolina to Florida to Alabama.  Zone 6

USDA Hardiness Zone:



10-12 Feet


10-12 Feet

Viburnum obovatum Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate to Fast


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Drought tolerant
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Bronze-purple

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late April

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Red, turning shiny black

Native to

  • North America

Winter foliage

  • Semi-evergreen