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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num ply-KAY-tum toh-men-TOH-sum
Description

Doublefile Viburnum is a shrub from Asia which grows to 10 feet and as wide. The horizontal branching gives a layered appearance. The white flowers in spring are showy cymes followed by red to black fruit the birds love. Fall color is red to purple. It grows well in sun to part shade and is adaptable to soil types. Prune as needed after flowering. Showy blooms occur 'double-file', in axils of leaves, 1 on each side of node on horizontal branches in late spring; non-showy inner fertile flowers are encircled by showy sterile flowers; Easily identified by leaves which appear to be pleated, but the pleats are comprised of nearly straight, impressed veins.

Plant in moist well-drained soil with mulch around the roots to keep them cool and moist. Tolerates full sun to partial shade. Use as a hedge, as a foundation shrub, in the shrub border or as a specimen.

Quick ID

  • OPPOSITE, ovate, pleated, serrate, leaves
  • Axillary, late spring blooms on each side of nodes
  • Small fertile flowers ringed by showy sterile ones

 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Foundation Planting- West Side of House
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Fireworks', 'Mariesii', 'Nanum Semperflorens', 'Shasta', 'Summer Snowflake', 'Summer Stars'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#wildlife plant#low maintenance#hedges#deer resistant#shrub border#foundation planting#fantz#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
'Fireworks', 'Mariesii', 'Nanum Semperflorens', 'Shasta', 'Summer Snowflake', 'Summer Stars'
Tags:
#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#wildlife plant#low maintenance#hedges#deer resistant#shrub border#foundation planting#fantz#bird friendly#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    plicatum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China and Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract butterflies and fruit is a winter food source that attracts birds. This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 18 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruit is an ovoid drupe, red to black.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Blooms are 2 to 4 in. flat-topped cymes in spring with outer flowers being sterile and inner ones fertile. They are held above to foliage giving it a layer looked
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Oval dark green leaves are 2 to 4 in. long and 1-2 inches wide. The fall color is reddish-purple. Fine hairs are on stems and leaf undersides.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Orange
    Bark Description:
    Gray-brown bark with orange lenticels
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Smooth/Hairless
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are brown-dark gray with orange lenticels, horizontal and overlapping, 2 branches per node; young branches tomentose.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought