The showy clusters of white flowers arranged along the top of the doublefile viburnum’s horizontal branches make it a wonderful choice for specimen planting, screening, or use in a shrub border. Although this shrub is well suited for the Midwestern landscape, it can occasionally winter kill to the ground. Doublefile vibunrum actually comes in two forms. Viburnum plicatum has snowball-type flowers and produces no fruit. Viburnum plicatum var tomentosum has lace-cap type flowers (small fertile flowers in the center, surrounded by showy fertile flowers) and does produce fruit.
- Deciduous (foliage falls off)
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Mixed border
- Mid spring
- Late spring
- Early fall
- Mid fall
8 to 10 feet high and 9 to 12 feet wide
Tree & Plant Care
Prune after flowering
Plant in a protected site
Disease, pests, and problems
Plants can occasionally winter kill to the ground.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Japan and China
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
- Simple leaves in pairs (opposite); broadly oval with sharply toothed edges
- Dark green in summer; reddish purple in fall
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
- White flowers with no fragrance
- Viburnum plicatum has snowball-type flowers. Viburnum plicatum var tomentosum has lace-cap type flowers (small fertile flowers in the center, surrounded by showy fertile flowers).
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Viburnum plicatum produces no fruit. Viburnum plicatum var tomentosum produces berry-like fruit (drupes) that are red maturing to black.