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PlantFiles: Viburnum
Viburnum x rhytidophylloides 'Willowwood'

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: x rhytidophylloides
Cultivar: Willowwood
Hybridized by Henry Tubbs, Willowwood Farm


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ViburnumValley On Jul 15, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Willowwood' viburnum, one of the hybrid leatherleaf clan in this broad family of shrubs, is a handsome albeit large plant. It has a bit more refined form than its more common kissing cousin 'Alleghany'. 'Willowwood' holds its foliage more horizontally than the more dog-eared look of 'Alleghany', and its foliage isn't quite as long and is a bit more rounded on the tips.

'Willowwood' flowers heavily in the spring, and sets copious fruit if there is a related pollinator nearby. Most appropriate partnering could include another V. x rhytidophylloides selection; V. lantana or a clone like 'Mohican'; or V. x pragense. These fruit color into red and hold this hue for a long period till ripening on to black. 'Willowwood' will often offer a repeat performance of bloom in the fall before settling into dormancy for winter.

Many of the evergreen leatherleaf viburnums will develop a purplish cast for the winter; 'Willowwood' is no different. In spring, the new foliage emerges lushly green and last year's leaves will soon drop away as the season progresses.

Like the other V. x rhytidophylloides types, give 'Willowwood' plenty of room. This viburnum wants to reach the 10-15' range (3.0 - 4.5 m).


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Nicholasville, Kentucky

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