Meet the Natives: Walter’s Viburnum
As the coldest weather of the year reminds us that it is actually winter in Florida, Walter’s viburnum (Viburnum obovatum) puts on its annual show. When it’s in full bloom, the flowers resemble a blanket of snow on the plant. When observed more closely, each cluster is made up of dozens of small, creamy-white flowers. These flowers are followed by small fruits, eaten by birds and other wildlife, that start out red and deepen to purple as they age. Walter’s viburnum prefers moisture in the soil and will bloom best when it receives full to moderate sun. It can vary in height, depending on the variety, from a small shrub to a small tree.