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Viburnum plicatum ‘Molly Schroeder’ (Doublefile Viburnum)

Doublefile Viburnum 'Molly Schroeder', Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Molly Schroeder'

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Viburnum plicatum 'Molly Schroeder', Pink Beauty Doublefile Viburnum

‘Molly Schroeder’ is a cultivar of Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum distinguished for its exceptional lavender-pink blossoms. Like other Doublefile Viburnums, it is recognized for its horizontal branching, which adds a striking architectural element to any landscape.

Viburnum plicatum ‘Molly Schroeder’: An In-depth Look

Native: The species Viburnum plicatum is indigenous to Japan and China, whereas ‘Molly Schroeder’ is a cultivated variety intended for its uniquely colored blooms and ornamental attributes.

Plant Type and Habit: This deciduous shrub features tiered, horizontal branches that grow outward in a “double-file” arrangement, earning the plant its name. The overall habit is both stately and elegant.

Size: Typically, ‘Molly Schroeder’ reaches heights of around 5 to 8 feet (1.5 to 2.4 meters) with a comparable spread, offering a balanced, rounded profile.

Flowers: This cultivar is particularly noted for its lavender-pink flowers. The blooms are set in lacecap formations and provide a unique color in contrast to the traditional whites and pinks seen in other cultivars. The flowering period generally stretches from mid to late spring into early summer, although this can vary slightly depending on local climate conditions.

Fruits: Following the blooms, the plant produces red berries that eventually mature to a deep black color. Though not as flamboyant as the flowers, the berries do extend the season of interest for this shrub.

Foliage: The leaves are dark green and have a serrated edge. During autumn, the foliage turns various shades of red and purple, adding another layer of seasonal allure.

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: Given its aesthetic and architectural features, it’s commonly used as a specimen or focal point in gardens. Its tiered form also makes it useful in mixed borders, and its height and spread can be utilized in informal hedge arrangements.

Wildlife: The shrub’s flowers attract various pollinators, including bees and butterflies, while the berries are favored by 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: Its unique lavender-pink flowers, architectural structure, and seasonal interest, from spring blooms to autumn foliage, make it an excellent choice for those who want a hardy yet visually striking shrub. It also offers ecological benefits by attracting a variety of pollinators.

Key Facts: What sets ‘Molly Schroeder’ apart are its uncommon lavender-pink blooms, making it a choice specimen for those seeking a pop of unusual color. Combined with its tiered branching, this makes it a multidimensional plant that can serve multiple roles in a landscape, from a focal point to a backdrop for other plantings.

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.

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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
Common names Viburnum, Japanese snowball, Doublefile Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spread 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spacing 60" - 96"
(150cm - 240cm)
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
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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)

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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
Common names Viburnum, Japanese snowball, Doublefile Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spread 5' - 8'
(150cm - 240cm)
Spacing 60" - 96"
(150cm - 240cm)
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
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Do I Need?
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