Create Your Garden

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ (Doublefile Viburnum)

Doublefile Viburnum 'Mariesii', Japanese Snowball 'Mariesii', Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii Great Star', Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum 'Mariesii', Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum f. mariesii, Viburnum mariesii, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Great Star

AGM Award
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum Mariesii, Mariesii Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum Mariesii, Mariesii Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum tomentosum Mariesii, Mariesii Doublefile Viburnum

The ‘Mariesii’ cultivar of Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum is renowned for its exceptional horizontal branching that creates a distinctive layered effect, much like a series of shelves. This structural characteristic is elegantly offset by its large, showy, white lacecap flower clusters.

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’: An In-depth Look

Native: While the species Viburnum plicatum is native to Japan and China, the ‘Mariesii’ is a cultivated variety developed for ornamental use.

Plant Type and Habit: This is a deciduous shrub that features a broad, horizontal growth habit. Its branching structure is strikingly tiered, giving the shrub an architectural quality that stands out in landscapes.

Size: Doublefile Viburnum typically grows to a height of 10 to 12 feet (3 to 3.6 meters) and spread of 12 to 15 feet (3.6 to 4.5 meters), making it quite a substantial shrub when mature.

Flowers: ‘Mariesii’ boasts large lacecap flower clusters, up to 4-6 inches (10-15 cm). The outer ring of larger, sterile flowers is brilliant white, surrounding a center of smaller, fertile flowers. It generally flowers in mid to late spring, although the timing can vary slightly depending on the local climate.

Fruits: After flowering, the plant develops small, red berries that mature into black, adding interest in late summer and fall.

Foliage: The dark green leaves are ovate and toothed, adding texture to the shrub. The foliage turns a reddish-purple in autumn, contributing to its multi-seasonal appeal.

Hardiness: Generally hardy in USDA zones 5-8, it is a versatile plant that can tolerate a range of climatic conditions.

Award: Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Uses: Due to its size and architectural form, it is often used as a specimen plant in gardens. It also works well as a focal point in mixed borders and is effective when planted en masse for screening purposes.

Wildlife: The flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, while the berries are a food source for birds.

Deer and Rabbits: The shrub has moderate deer resistance, which means it may escape browsing in areas with low deer pressure. Rabbits generally avoid it.

Toxicity: The berries are mildly toxic to humans if ingested but are generally not harmful to pets or other wildlife.

Drought: Once established, the shrub has moderate drought tolerance but prefers consistently moist soil for best performance.

Invasiveness: Find where this species is invasive in the United States. Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

Benefits: This cultivar brings a host of benefits, including its layered, horizontal growth that adds architectural depth, its flowers that attract pollinators, and its fall foliage and berries that offer seasonal interest.

Key Facts: The most distinguishing feature of this cultivar is its unique, horizontal, “double-file” branching structure that gives it a tiered or shelved appearance. This, combined with its large lacecap flower clusters, makes it an eye-catching addition to any garden.

How to Grow and Care for Doublefile Viburnum

Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade. Ensure it receives at least 6 hours of sunlight for optimal flowering and foliage color.

Soil: Adaptable to a wide range of soil types but prefers fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, loamy to sandy soil. Slightly acidic to neutral pH is ideal.

Water: Moderate water requirements. Water deeply once a week, especially during dry spells. Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot.

Fertilizer: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. Over-fertilizing can lead to excessive growth but fewer flowers.

Pruning: Best pruned immediately after flowering to maintain shape and remove any dead or damaged branches. Avoid heavy pruning, as it may reduce next year’s blooms.

Propagation: Propagate through softwood cuttings in early summer.

Pests and Diseases: No serious insect or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, scale insects, thrips, or viburnum beetle. Occasional disease problems include leaf spot, root rot, and botrytis. Apply appropriate treatments as needed.

By following these care guidelines, you can ensure that your Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum thrives, offering seasonal interest and aesthetic appeal to your garden.

Viburnum: How to Grow and Care with Success


Want to learn how to grow and care for Viburnum like a pro? Follow these simple steps and enjoy the beauty of these striking shrubs.

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
Common names Viburnum, Doublefile Viburnum, Japanese snowball
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 12'
(3m - 3.7m)
Spread 12' - 15'
(3.7m - 4.6m)
Spacing 144" - 180"
(3.7m - 4.6m)
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 Showy, Fruit & Berries, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
Guides with
Viburnum
Not sure which Viburnum to pick?
Compare Now

Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

Recommended Companion Plants

Rhododendron ‘English Roseum’
Myosotis sylvatica (Wood Forget-Me-Not)
Hosta (Plantain Lily)

Find In One of Our Guides or Gardens

Small Trees and Shrubs That Attract Birds
Pure White Flowers for a Touch of Elegance in Your Garden
Choosing Your Ideal Hedge: A Guide to Top Shrubs for Any Garden
Add a Splash of Color: Perfect Flowering Shrubs for Small Gardens
35 Flowering Shrubs That Thrive in Full Sun
40 Beautiful Native Shrubs for Shade
Viburnum – What Is Wrong With My Shrub?
Viburnum – Pests and Diseases to Watch Out For
Viburnum: How to Grow and Care with Success
10 Creative Ways to Incorporate Viburnum in Your Garden
Why You Should Avoid Growing Invasive Viburnums
Native Viburnums: Ideal Shrubs for Your Garden
Viburnum
Create a Garden with Great Winter Interest
Shrubs and Trees with Colorful Fruits and Berries in Winter
Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum opulus (European Cranberrybush)
Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum plicatum (Japanese Snowball)
Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum dilatatum (Linden Viburnum)
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.
Buy Plants

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
Common names Viburnum, Doublefile Viburnum, Japanese snowball
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 10' - 12'
(3m - 3.7m)
Spread 12' - 15'
(3.7m - 4.6m)
Spacing 144" - 180"
(3.7m - 4.6m)
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 Showy, Fruit & Berries, Plant of Merit
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
Guides with
Viburnum
Not sure which Viburnum to pick?
Compare Now

Gardening Ideas

Plant Calculator

How many Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ (Doublefile Viburnum) do I need for my garden?

Input your garden space dimensions

Your Shopping List

Plant Quantity
Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ (Doublefile Viburnum) N/A Buy Plants

Please Login to Proceed

You Have Reached The Free Limit, Please Subscribe to Proceed

Subscribe to Gardenia

To create additional collections, you must be a paid member of Gardenia
  • Add as many plants as you wish
  • Create and save up to 25 garden collections
Become a Member

Plant Added Successfully

You have Reached Your Limit

To add more plants, you must be a paid member of our site Become a Member

Update Your Credit
Card Information

Cancel

Create a New Collection

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

    You have been subscribed successfully

    Join Gardenia.net

    Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

    Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

    Join now and start creating your dream garden!

    Join Gardenia.net

    Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

    Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

    Join now and start creating your dream garden!

    Find your Hardiness Zone

    Find your Heat Zone

    Find your Climate Zone