viburnum obovatum ‘mrs. schiller’s delight’
Viburnum Obovatum ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is a dwarf cultivar of Walter’s Viburnum. It was introduced by Steve Reifler for its compact, dwarf habit. Mrs. Schiller’s grow to about three to five feet wide and only two to five feet tall. It is a tough, but beautiful plant that blooms abundantly with delicate, small white flowers.
Mrs. Schiller’s are slow growers and will not require much maintenance. When established in the landscape, Mrs. Schiller’s have proven to be exceptionally drought tolerant. They grow best in full sun but they will also grow in shadier locations, they just won’t flower as much.
They have small, narrow, glossy leaves that grow in opposite directions giving this shrub its dense form. Typically for 2 to 3 weeks in late February to mid March, expect to see Mrs. Schiller’s cover itself with clusters of white flowers. Following its flowers are red fruits. These fruits eventually turn black and are a favorite of birds.
Mrs. Schiller’s can be used as a low growing shrub for foundation plantings or in masses as the middle or foreground plant. The small textured leaves and four-season appeal make it an eye-catching and low maintenance landscape selection.
Viburnum Walter’s ‘Mrs. Schillers Delight’
Hardy Range: 6 – 9
Mature Height: 2 – 5’
Mature Spread: 3 – 5’
Growth Rate: slow
Growth Habit: rounded
This dwarf viburnum variety has narrow, glossy leaves that grow in opposite directions, giving it an exceptionally dense evergreen growth habit. It has its heaviest flowering season in spring, where snowdrifts of small creamy blossoms cover the shrub. The shrubs will also flower throughout the year, though not as intensely. The small black fruits are attractive to wildlife
Soil: well drained, moist soil
Exposure: full sun, partial sun or partial shade