Viburnum obovatum ‘Raulston Hardy’ is an exciting introduction by the JC Raulston Arboretum and an excellent plant for the landscape! Notable characteristics are its tight, dwarf habit and cold hardiness. It grows to about 3′ tall by slightly wider with a fine texture and small, narrow leaves in a mounded shape. The plant is covered in clusters of dainty white flowers in April but will often begin flowering in fall and continue sporadically until spring. Flowers transition to fruits which begin red and turn black and are enjoyed by birds. In mild winters, it will remain mostly evergreen and often take on purple tones after frost.
It’s a perfect selection for foundation plantings, native gardens, wildlife gardens and can even be used as a formal hedge or specimen plant. Its small, compact size, tidy habit, tough constitution, and year round interest make ‘Raulston Hardy’ one of the best native plants for the landscape.
A native to the Southeast, it occurs naturally in boggy areas but does well in regular to dry soil in the landscape; established plants have proven to be exceptionally drought tolerant. Plant in slightly acidic soil or soil amended with organic matter. This cultivar will flower best in full sun but will also be content in shadier locations.