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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


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

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:


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 fa... read more