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Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum)



Authors as Published

Alex X. Niemiera, Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech (first published October 2018, last reviewed March 2024)


Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf

Height: 10 feet

Spread: 12 feet

Shape: Upright with horizontal branching pattern

Doublefile viburnum is a large wide spreading shrub with a horizontal branching habit and a spectacular flower display in spring.

Plant Needs

Zone: 4 to 8

Light: Partial shade to full sun

Moisture: Moist

Soil Type: Sandy, loam, or clay

pH Range: 3.7 to 7.0


Suggested uses for this plant include border, screen, and massing.

Planting Notes

Requires well-drained, moist soil. Will not tolerate heavy, clay soils with poor drainage. Plant in full sun for best flowering.


Easy to maintain.


No serious pest problems.


Consult local garden centers, historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.

Cultivars of Viburnum plicatum:

`Mariesii' has larger and more abundant flowers. ‘Roseum' has flowers that open white and fade to pink.

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Publication Date

March 7, 2024