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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’ (Doublefile Viburnum)

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A multi-season beauty, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’ (Doublefile Viburnum) is a dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub of upright habit without equal when it comes to flowering. In late spring, it is almost entirely covered with flat-topped, lacecap-like clusters, 4 in. across (10 cm), packed with large, showy, snow-white flowers. The blooms splayed on the horizontal branches give the plants a wedding cake look when they appear. Flowering continues sporadically through summer and into fall. The blossoms give way to a few egg-shaped, bright red fruits that ripen to black and provide a summer picnic for birds. The deeply-veined, dark green foliage turns burgundy red to purplish red in the fall. A terrific shrub that is understandably one of the most popular of the many viburnums in cultivation. Plant it near an entryway or as an informal screen.

  • Grows with a rounded, dense, spreading habit up to 5-8 ft. tall (150-240 cm) and 8-10 ft. wide (240-300 cm)
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Thrives in moist loams, but this plant is tolerant of a wide range of soils, provided they are evenly moist. Some drought tolerance once established.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, hedges and screens, and foundation plantings.
  • Attractive to birds and butterflies!
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious insect or disease problems
  • Prune as required immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer
  • Fruit can cause a mild stomach upset.
  • Viburnum plicatum species is native to Japan, and China.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus Nanum, Dwarf Viburnum
Sweet Viburnum, Viburnum odoratissimum
Viburnum farreri, Farrer Viburnum
Viburnum setigerum, tea viburnum
Viburnum Pragense, Prague Viburnum
Viburnum macrocephalum , Chinese Snowball Viburnum

Recommended Companion Plants

Rhododendron 'English Roseum', 'English Roseum' Rhododendron, Late Midseason Rhododendron, Evergreen Rhododendron, Purple Rhododendron, Purple Flowering ShrubAward General
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion', Beautyberry 'Profusion', Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion', Purple Beautyberry, Shrub, Purple Berries
Hosta Hadspen Blue, Plantain Lily 'Hadspen Blue', 'Hadspen Blue' Hosta, Hosta × tardiana 'Hadspen Blue', Blue Hosta, Shade perennials, Plants for shade
Wood Forget-Me-Not, Garden Forget-Me-Not, Forget-Me-Not, Blue Ground Cover, Shade plants, Shade perennial
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spread 8' - 10'
(240cm - 3m)
Spacing 96" - 120"
(240cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Do I Need?
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