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Viburnum obovatum Walt.
Small-leaf arrowwood, Walter's viburnum
USDA Symbol: viob
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A shrub or small tree to 18 ft. Leaves are wedge-shaped, tapered at the base, and may remain on the tree in mild winters. White flowers appear while the leaves develop and are followed by red fruits which later become shiny black. Evergreen shrub or small tree with a few trunks; broad, spreading crown; small, white flowers; and small, shiny black fruit.
The name Walters Viburnum honors Thomas Walter (1740-89), English-born planter of South Carolina, who described this species in his Flora Caroliniana. The Latin species name refers to the leaf shape. Birds consume quantities of the fruit.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr
AL , FL , GA , SC Native Distribution:
Coastal plain from SC to AL Native Habitat:
Hammocks; thickets; swamp margins USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Variable. Usually moist, or seasonally moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Collect the fruit
as soon as it has turned a dark blue-black color. Store seeds with pulp on at 41 degrees. Seed Treatment:
If seeds must be stored, they will need a period of stratification. Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff