Name: Viburnum rhytidophyllum and Viburnum x pragense aka the Leatherleaf Viburnum and Prague Viburnum
Type of Plant: these are May-flowering, evergreen shrubs. Both of these are cold-hardy to Zone 5 but keep their foliage best in the winter when grown in a warm Zone 6 and up.
Why I Love This Plant: I love these two plants for different reasons. The leatherleaf Viburnum is nice because the dark green leaves are so nicely textured. This shrub can grow large and it makes a great plant in a mixed shrub border or privacy planting.
I love the Prague Viburnum because it’s very open and lacy…there are times when it’s good to have a plant that’s a bit-see-through, and this is just the plant for that use. The leaves are smaller and the plant tall and thin. Prague Viburnum is a good plant to espalier against a wall or on a trellis. You can make this plant more dense with pruning.
Both of these Viburnums grow well in full sun to part shade.
A Word to the Wise: These plants do best in a mild winter…although they are evergreen, in very cold winters some of the leaves will brown. Also, you’ll want to grow these in a protected location, where they aren’t exposed to cold winter winds. Prune these in early June after the flowers fade.