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Walter’s Vibrunum - Viburnum obovatum

Walter’s Vibrunum - Viburnum obovatum

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•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Walters Viburnum typically grows as a large shrub or small tree, reaching heights of about 6 to 12 feet tall and spreading 6 to 10 feet wide.

•Phenology: Evergreen shrub with dense, glossy green leaves and clusters of small, white flowers that bloom in spring.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Spring

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Evergreen

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils; tolerant of various soil types

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.5-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Tolerant of drought once established; prefers moderately moist soil

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Native plant gardens, wildlife gardens, hedgerows, naturalized areas

•Maintenance Tips: Low to moderate maintenance; prune back as needed to maintain shape and remove dead or damaged branches; may benefit from occasional fertilization with a balanced fertilizer

•Considerations: Walters Viburnum is highly attractive to pollinators and provides important habitat and food for various wildlife species.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; typically not preferred by deer or rabbits

•Edible: The fruit of Walters Viburnum is not typically consumed by humans but is eaten by birds and other wildlife.

•Medicinal Uses: Not commonly used in herbal medicine, but some traditional uses include as a treatment for respiratory ailments and as a poultice for skin conditions.

•Toxicity to Pets: Not known to be toxic to pets, but ingestion of large quantities of plant material may cause gastrointestinal upset.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Walter’s Viburnum is often found growing alongside other native plants in various habitats, including species such as Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) and Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana).

•Wildlife Benefit: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies; provides habitat and food for birds, insects, and other wildlife.

•Caterpillar Host Plant: Walters Viburnum is a host plant for the caterpillars of various butterfly species, including the Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) and the Southern Hairstreak (Fixsenia favonius).

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