Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii'


Deciduous Shrub

Outstanding Qualities
If you have room for a large, wide-spreading shrub, this is one of the best multi-season shrubs you can grow. Doublefile viburnum develops a branching pattern with strong horizontal layers as it matures. This creates an interesting winter framework. It is difficult for any other shrub to match the brilliant floral display in the spring: Its branches are smothered with flat sprays of pure white flowers, giving the impression of snow-laden branches. Later in summer clusters of red berries rest where the flowers once stood. fall brings on a fiery autumnal show of saturated reds. It is wide spreading, so give it plenty of space to develop its spectacular form. For smaller spaces consider removing its lower branches to create a small, multi-stemmed tree.

Culture Notes
This tough shrub grows best in full sun to light shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites or clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. Very little pruning is needed and excessive pruning can ruin the layered branching pattern. Consult an experienced pruner or take local classes before attempting to prune.

--Courtesy Great Plant Picks

Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Filtered Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average


Size: 72 - 144 tall x 72 - 144 wide
Shape / Form: Horizontal, Low and Spreading
Foliage Texture: Bold, Medium
Foliage Quality: Bold, Medium

Features: Fall Color, Flowers, Showy Fruit or Berry

Foliage Color: Green
Fall Color: Burgundy / Maroon, Red Orange Leaf Shape: Lance-shaped

Flower Color: White
Bloom Season: Apr, May, Spring
Flower Shape: Cluster

Fruit Description: Red

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Hedges and Screens, Mixed Border, Specimen

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos