Walter’s viburnum
Viburnum obovatum

Walter's Viburnum

Walter’s viburnum is found naturally growing in floodplain soils of Central Florida thru the Southeastern U.S.. Moderately fertile soil with some organic matter is best. It is not tolerant of salt air or saltwater flooding.

This is a suckering shrub that forms a thicket of sprouts that fill in and create a dense hedge. It can be clipped or allowed to form a natural screen.

The numerous heads of small white flowers are fragrant in March and April. These are followed by green, turning to red and finally black small flat berries. These ripen in August and are eaten by wildlife. The fruit has a sweet licorice flavor.

The best site to grow Walter’s viburnum is one with moist soil with moderate organic matter, although it is tolerant of dry soil once established. . Plant as a hedge or along a lake edge mixed with myrsine, wax myrtle, dahoon holly, marlberry, cocoplum, Virginia willow, red maple, laurel oak, slash pine, Florida elm, hackberry, elderberry and swamp fern as a ground cover.