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Doublefile Viburnum Ignites the Landscape in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Doublefile Viburnum Ignites the Landscape (photo: Kathy Diemer)

We plant trees for a variety of reasons, one being to provide privacy or camouflage of an obstacle that might otherwise be quite unsightly.  The trick is finding a specimen that will thrive under the conditions of that spot as well as fitting the bill for coverage.  For a gorgeous shrub that will grow to 10′ tall by 15′ wide, in sun or part shade within zones 5-8, it’s ‘Mission accomplished’ with a doublefile viburnum.

Doublefile Viburnum's Blossom Clusters in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Doublefile Viburnum’s Blossom Clusters (photo: Kathy Diemer)

From mid-May to early June, Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’s’ horizontal branches are adorned with rows of ivory, lacecap blossoms reaching from stem to stern.  Like the Milky Way Galaxy touching down on its limbs, the profusion of layered flowers illuminate the garden both day and night.  This Chinese/Japanese native is a shrub that is o.k. with being planted in the background, as there is no ignoring a doublefile viburnum in full bloom.  It’s simply stellar.

Viburnum Plicatum var Tomentosum in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum (photo: Kathy Diemer)

To add to Viburnum plicatum’s many attributes; consider a shrub that tolerates average soil, requires no pruning or fertilizing, has lush, dark green foliage and interesting horizontal architecture.  Add in lovely red berries late summer and deep burgundy fall foliage, and the result is seasons of ornamental pleasure with a great habitat for birds as well.  When you blend these assets together, you come up with a shrub worth considering.  And you don’t really need to have a bad spot to hide either ~

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