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The most ornamental viburnum

The doublefile viburnum is a plant with four seasons of interest in the garden: it has lovely midspring flowers, nice green foliage, fine fall fruit and a wonderful shape year-round. It grows 8' to 10' tall and has a strong horizontal branching habit. Large flower heads, 3" to 4" in diameter, are produced in May. The flowers are unique because there are actually two types: the outer flowers are showy and sterile, producing no fruits; the inner flowers are tiny, inconspicuous and fertile. Red fruits, which mature to become black, are relished by birds. Its only drawback is that it can be grown reliably only in the central and southern parts of the state.  

Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum
Doublefile viburnum
Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
Type: Deciduous tree/shrub

Mature Size:
8-15 feet

  Flower Color:
  Bloom Season:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
attracts birds
Winter Interest
growth habit
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
specimen plant
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