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For a dense growing hedge or windbreak, the Alleghany Viburnum is the perfect choice. From April to May, fragrant white flowers form clusters over the shrub changing to red fruit by late summer and black for winter. This viburnum is semi-evergreen meaning that in temperatures above 0 degrees F, it should keep its leather like foliage.

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The Allegheny Viburnum pruning is an interesting and awesome plant. The densely pubescent stout stems of the Alleghany viburnum are white give rise to leathery leaves that are dark green above and white-green beneath, they are simply an amazing view that stands out in any landscape.

Leatherleaf viburnum is an upright broadleaf evergreen that adds interest to many shaded parts of the garden. Glossy furrowed leaves and slightly fragrant flowers that develop into fruit highlight this native of China. The flowers appear by late spring in clusters. Fruits develop red and then change to black before being fully ripe by start of fall. The aesthetic qualities of this shrub are subjective: some fine it intriguing, others may find it tired and unexciting.Use leatheleaf viburnum as a background plant or specimen, and most definitely to attract birds. Plant it in partial to full shade, and out of the wind. Winter wind exposures greatly reduce the ornamental pluses of this shrub. (info source: - ViburnumSpecies - RhytidophyllumCommon name - Leather Leaf ViburnumPre-Treatment - RequiredHardiness zones - 5 - 7Height - 10'-15' / 3 - 4.60 mSpread - 10'-15' / 3 - 4.60 mPlant type - ShrubVegetation type - Broadleaf EvergreenExposure - Partial sun, Partial Shade, Full ShadeGrowth rate - MediumSoil PH - Acidic, Neutral, AlkalineSoil type - Clay, loam, sand, well drainedWater requirements - Average WaterLandscape uses - Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind BreakGermination rate - 85%Bloom season - Late SpringLeaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow, white

Leatherleaf viburnum is considered a large, rough textured, evergreen shrub, but in northern climates it will lose its leaves in late autumn and often suffers stem dieback in cold winters. While the creamy white flowers light up the spring landscape, this species offers no fall color.

Moderation is key when it comes to growing viburnums successfully. These plants thrive in average soil conditions, have moderate (weekly) watering needs, have moderate feeding requirements (once each season), and prefer moderate weather conditions (neither too hot nor too cold). No wonder these easygoing shrubs are so popular.

The emphasis in these bushes is on the perfumed flowers, sometimes pink, which are in tight, rounded heads and open with the first warm days of spring. Because the flowers buds are formed before winter, they are not as hardy as many other viburnums.

Plant leatherleaf viburnum shrubs in groups of three or five for the best effect. They also look great in mixed shrub borders where you can combine this mid spring blooming shrub with others that bloom in early spring, late spring, and summer for year-round interest.

In late spring, leatherleaf viburnum have broad, flat, creamy-white flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators and eventually mature into clusters of red berries that turn glossy black in autumn. Dark green, leathery leaves cover the plant throughout the growing season and both leaves and fruit can persist into winter depending on temperatures. Plants have little to no disease or insect problems and are found in well-drained soils in full sun or part shade.

Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)Viburnums [vi-BUR-nums] are very easy to grow. They are represented by many species of shrubs and small trees many of which are ideal for residential yards. Most viburnums offer ornamental interest almost year round. They boast showy blossoms, berries and interesting foliage. Leatherleaf viburnum is the hardiest of the evergreen viburnums. As befits its name, it has a somewhat coarse leaf. Its tolerance of considerable shade is also a major asset.Size: Leatherleaf viburnums are large shrubs. They are likely to reach 8 to 10 feet in height at maturity. Their spread will be 6 feet or more. They are moderately slow growers so that it may take almost 10 years to reach maximum size.Foliage: Their leathery, wrinkled leaves are the most distinctive feature of this plant. They are a dark lustrous green above, a pale fuzzy gray to brownish below and they droop limply from their stems. Deeply etched veins give the foliage its coarse, crinkly appearance. From 3 to 7 inches long and 1 to 2 1/2 inches wide, individual leaves are oblong and grow in pairs, one opposite the other along the stems. Leatherleaf viburnums retain all their leaves during the winter in southern states, while in the North they are semi-evergreen.Flowers and Fruit: In the late spring clusters of tiny -inch flowers appear at the ends of leatherleaf viburnum branches. These abundant flat-topped flower clusters may be from 4 to 8 inches across and their creamy yellow color creates an attractive effect. They are mildly fragrant. Large bunches of flower buds then form in late summer for the following spring. Resembling a loose head of cauliflower, these buds winter over under the protection of felt-like covers. In the fall the current season's flowers give way to oval red berries beloved by local songbirds. They last well into the winter, eventually turning black. To encourage plentiful berries, plant several of these shrubs near each other.Leatherleaf viburnum Choices`Willowwood' is a more compact hybrid form, flowers again in the fall; `Mohican' is also a hybrid form, compact, long-lasting fruit, semi-evergreen; `roseum' has pinkish buds, but they open as yellowish-white. `Alleghany' is a hybrid featuring stout, upright branches and a dense, rounded form.

Leatherleaf viburnums are upright shrubs that are especially attractive in a shrub grouping or as a background planting for other flowering shrubs. They blend well with other broadleaf evergreens. In a row, they effectively screen unsightly walls or fences. Do not site leatherleaf viburnum in exposed windy sites.

The Right PlaceLeatherleaf viburnums grow well from the Florida border north to the Ohio Valley, into southern Pennsylvania and along the Atlantic seaboard through New England (Zones 5 to 8). They are comfortable in all but the very coldest parts of the country where temperatures go below -10 to -20 F, and in the warmest areas, such as Florida and southern Texas. In severe winters near its northern limit, this viburnum may be killed to the ground, but it will sprout again from the base in the spring.Leatherleaf viburnums grow best in places sheltered from wind and winter sun, and can tolerate heavy shade. For this reason they do well in northern exposures of buildings or within the shade of several trees. They prefer a well-drained soil that is a bit acid (pH 6.0 to 7.5) and slightly moist.

Prized for its bluish-green foliage and fragrant flowers, leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum) is an evergreen shrub widely grown in shady gardens within U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9. Leatherleaf viburnum propagates well from both seeds and cuttings, although each method has benefits and drawbacks that must be considered before deciding on which to use.

Seeds provide the most reliable method of propagating leatherleaf viburnum at home, although the resulting seedlings are slower to mature than cuttings. The seeds exhibit dormancy and must be put through both a warm and a cold stratification period to prompt germination. Sowing the seeds in summer as soon as they ripen and keeping them outdoors until the following spring will provide the right conditions. However, the same effect can be achieved artificially by exposing the seeds to temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly four months, moving them into a refrigerator for four months and then placing them outdoors against a south-facing wall until they sprout.

Leatherleaf viburnum cultivars such as Cree (Viburnum rhytidophyllum "Cree") propagate best from cuttings because they will not grow true from seed. The process must be done in late spring when the new stem growth is still pliable but after the flowers have completely faded. An 8- to 10-inch cutting potted in porous medium such as perlite roots in four to six weeks if it is kept moist and under dappled shade. Intermittent misting helps keep the foliage hydrated, although it is important to shield the cutting from direct sunlight after misting to prevent leaf scald.

Cutting-propagated leatherleaf viburnum shrubs suffer a high rate of failure due to premature transplant, so they must be grown in pots for two full growing seasons before planting. However, the seed-grown shrubs can be planted in autumn at the end of their first growing season. Both seed- and cutting-propagated leatherleaf viburnum shrubs must be hardened off in a lightly shaded, sheltered location for two weeks before planting. A sunny or lightly shaded bed with moist, highly acidic soil provides the ideal conditions for growth, although the shrubs must be sheltered from prevailing winds to prevent stress.

Home-propagated leatherleaf viburnum shrubs require more care for the first year than those purchased from a nursery, because they possess a less developed root system. Regular, deep waterings during the summer months and occasional feeding with half-strength, 12-12-12 ratio fertilizer during the active growing season help ensure the shrubs' survival. Also, mulch heavily around the base of the shrub during its first winter so that the newly formed roots are protected from the cold. 041b061a72

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