Authors as Published

Alex X. Niemiera, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Virginia Tech

(Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum)


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.


Doublefile viburnum is a large wide spreading shrub with a handsome horizontal habit. Creamy-white flowers bloom in flat clusters in late spring and "sit above" the foliage creating a layered effect. Flowers occur in a series of two flowers (side by side) along the length of a stem, hence the common name, doublefile viburnum. Flowers are followed by bright red berries in fall. Red berry color persists for a few weeks and then berries turn black. Fall foliage color varies with cultivar and is usually an attractive dark red/purple.


This material was developed by Carol Ness as part of the Interactive Design and Development Project funded by the Kellogg Foundation.

Virginia Cooperative Extension materials are available for public use, reprint, or citation without further permission, provided the use includes credit to the author and to Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, and Virginia State University.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Publication Date

May 1, 2009

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