|'Rugosum' is more attactive than those of the species with its leathery large dark green leaves. It tends to become open and rather ragged with age.
Viburnum lantana is a multistemmed spreading shrub growing 10 to 15 feet height, somewhat rounded outline. The foliage is dull dark green, a bit leatherey, with fine down on the undersides, fall color can be purplish, not reliable for fall color. The white flowers lack fragrance, the yellow stamens make for a creamy overall color effect. Flowers profusely in midwest, 3 to 5 inches wide cymes. Red and black small drupes appear in late summer, or early fall, both colors on the same plant make an excellent ornamental attribute.
Easy to grow, fibrous rooted, can handle dry and alkaline soils, but prefers moist and well drained. Not bothered much by pests. Native to Europe, western Asia, occasionally found naturalized in the eastern United States.