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Doublefile viburnum

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum

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Doublefile viburnum is a horizontally branched, deciduous shrub native to China and Japan. Along its branches in mid-spring bloom double rows of flattened clusters of sterile florets, resembling lace-cap hydrangea flowers. Oval red fruit follows and ripens to black, often attracting birds.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsDouble rows of lace-cap flowers in spring along horizontal branches.

CareGrow in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates almost any soil that is moderately fertile and moist, but well-drained. Double file viburnum

PropagationTake greenwood cuttings in summer. Sow seed in autumn, in a cold frame or seedbed.

ProblemsCommon insect pests include aphids, scale insects, weevils, Japanese beetles, mealybugs, and treehoppers. Gray mold, rust, downy and powdery mildew, wood rot, Verticillium wilt, leaf spots, and dieback also occur.

  • Genus : Viburnum
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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