|Viburnum rhytidophyllum is a large evergreen viburnum reaching 10 to 15 feet height and spread. Upright and rounded, multistemmed shrub that is medium fast growing. The leaves are leathery, dark and glossy with gray-brown fuzzy undersides. It is completely evergreen in mild climates and mostly evergreen in cold climates especially if sited in a sheltered spot.
The yellowish-white flowers appear in late spring, on large cymes, 4 to 8 inches across, abundant and mildly fragrant. The fruit is small and red, changing to black, fall ripening.
Prefers shelter from wind and winter sun, can tolerate heavy shade. If damaged by freeze, prune back to ground. Not bothered by pests and quite versatile. Native to China, introduced in 1900.