Botanical Name: Viburnum obovatum, ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’
Common Name: ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ Dwarf Viburnum
Description: This is another of the native viburnums that should be grown more in our gardens. It grows 2-5′ tall and wide with a naturally rounded habit. 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 part sun or part shade 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. The shrubs will also flower throughout the year, though not as intensely. Following its flowers are red fruits that 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.
This is a larval host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly. Good deer resistance. Native to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Usually evergreen but will drop its leaves in very cold winters. Great substitute for the over-used boxwoods.
This plant in 3-gallon containers is 1 – 2′ tall x 1-1.5′ wide, not including the container.
Interesting Tidbit: ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is a dwarf cultivar of Walter’s Viburnum. It was introduced by Steve Reifler for its compact, dwarf habit.
Hardiness Zones 6 – 9