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Doublefile Viburnum

Scientific name: Viburnum plicatum

Type:Deciduous shrubs
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 8
Plant Characteristics
Height:12 ft
Width:8 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:White
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Doublefile viburnum is a striking spring blooming shrub featuring lacecap type white flower clusters in mid spring and blue-black berries in the fall.

As a deciduous shrub, doublefile viburnum has opposite, simple leaves which are ovate, serrate and 2”-4” long. They are dark green above, very wrinkled and pubescent beneath. When mature this species can attain a height of 12’ and a width of 8’.

A distinguishing feature of this plant is its interesting horizontal branching habit which gives the plant a layered look. In the spring white flower clusters appear. The outer sterile petals are much larger than the inner, fertile petals; the showy flower clusters are often 2” wide. Flowers give rise to bright red drupes in large clusters, 1/3” long, which mature to blue-black in late summer. Green summer foliage turns a deep reddish-purple in the fall.

Doublefile viburnum requires well-drained, moist soil. It does not tolerate heavy clay soils with poor drainage. For best results plant in full sun to optimize flowering. Suggested uses for this plant include border, screen, and specimen plant

No serious pest problems.
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