Botanical Name: Viburnum obovatum ‘Densa’
Common Name: Densa Dwarf Viburnum, Dwarf Walter’s Viburnum
Description: Here is yet another awesome Florida native viburnum that we should all be growing in our gardens.
Densa Dwarf Viburnum is a hardy, dwarf, evergreen shrub great for a sun, part sun, or part shade area. It will grow to 3-5′ tall and, because it remains compact, it requires very little pruning to keep a nice shape. It’s a moderate to fast grower: 1′ to more than 2′ per year of new growth. Once established, it is somewhat drought tolerant, but grows better with supplemental water during extended droughts. It likes being planted in well draining soil. The name ‘Densa’ refers to its compact growing habit. In the spring, it covers itself in fragrant white flowers. Afterward, small red berries that ripen to black provide a feast for many birds and other wildlife, while the shrub itself provides good nesting cover. Is deer resistant. In the fall, Densa continues to provide interest to the garden with its small oval shaped leaves which turn red. Like many Viburnums, Densa does not need much maintenance. This variety grows wild in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, and is truly a plant for all seasons.
It is the larval host for the spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).
This and the Mrs. Schiller’s Delight Viburnum are great native alternatives to Indian Hawthorne, Loropetalum, and boxwood.
Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water. Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray.
This plant in 3-gallon containers is 1-2′ tall.
Plant Lore: The name Walter’s viburnum honors Thomas Walter (1740-89), English-born planter of South Carolina, who described this species in his Flora Caroliniana.
Florida Hardiness Zones 8 – 10