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Cultural Details for Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum

Common Name:
Doublefile Viburnum

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Pure snow-white flowers 0.75-1.5" wide, with 4-5 lobes in May. No fragrance, not showy. Borne in 2-4" diameter, flat-topped cymes on 2" long peduncles. A ring of large, sterile florets surround the central mass of small, fertile flowers.

Fruit Details:
Drupe, egg-shaped, 0.33" long, bright red changing to black in July and August. Usually devoured by birds before they are completely ripened; one of the earliest viburnums to display excellent fruit color.

Fall Color:
Consistent reddish-purple.

Bark Details:
Young branches stellate tomentose; older branches dark gray or brownish, orangish lenticels

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
No serious diseases, though heat and drought of the summer may induce marginal leaf necrosis.

Native Habitat:
China, Japan. Introduced 1865. Zone 5 to 7(8).

Other Features:
V. plicatum cultivars are possibly the most elegant of flowering shrubs. Generally, V. p. var. tomentosum plants flower 2 to 3 weeks earlier than V. plicatum. Birds love fruits; choice specimen.

Culture and Care:
Fibrous rooted, transplants well, demands moist, well-drained soil; will not tolerate heavy, clayey, poorly drained soils. Cut back to 12" from the ground to rejuvenate old overgrown or ratty branches.

This plant was blooming:
6/21/2010 - 7/2/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 161

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.