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Doublefile Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum 'var. tomentosum'

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Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'var. tomentosum') at Weston Nurseries

Doublefile Viburnum in bloom

Doublefile Viburnum in bloom

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Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'var. tomentosum') at Weston Nurseries

Doublefile Viburnum flowers

Doublefile Viburnum flowers

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Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'var. tomentosum') at Weston Nurseries

Doublefile Viburnum in fall

Doublefile Viburnum in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  12 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a


One of the highest quality garden shrubs available, with showy flat-topped clusters of white flowers in spring followed by prominent red fruit, a large shrub with an attractive branching habit and good fall color; makes a choice specimen, good in groups

Ornamental Features

Doublefile Viburnum is covered in stunning white lacecap flowers held atop the branches in mid spring. The red fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from mid summer to early fall. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Doublefile Viburnum is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Doublefile Viburnum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Doublefile Viburnum will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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