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Viburnum plicatum ‘Pink Beauty’ (Doublefile Viburnum)

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Viburnum plicatum tomentosum Pink Beauty, Pink Beauty Doubefile Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Pink Beauty’ is an ornamental shrub celebrated for its eye-catching horizontal branching and striking, blush-pink flower clusters. It possesses many of the attributes that make the Doublefile Viburnum species attractive, along with the unique touch of pink-tinted blooms.

Viburnum plicatum ‘Pink Beauty’: An In-depth Look

Native: The species Viburnum plicatum is native to Japan and China, while ‘Pink Beauty’ is a cultivated variety developed specifically for its colored blooms.

Plant Type and Habit: This is a deciduous shrub characterized by its tiered, horizontal branches. The structure is both robust and elegant, making it a standout in any garden setting.

Size: ‘Pink Beauty’ generally grows to heights between 6 and 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters), with a similar spread. This gives the shrub a rounded, symmetrical appearance.

Flowers: This cultivar sets itself apart with its beautiful pink-tinted flowers. The blooms, appearing in lacecap formations, start out as light pink and may deepen as they age. The blooming period typically spans from mid to late spring to early summer.

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

Foliage: The leaves are dark green, ovate, and have a serrated edge. They also turn to shades of purple and red in autumn, adding another layer of seasonal beauty.

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: Because of its size, unique coloring, and architectural form, it is often used as a specimen or focal point in gardens. It is also commonly used in borders, mass plantings, or even as part of informal hedges.

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: The major benefits of this particular cultivar include its unique pink-tinted flowers, horizontal layered branching that offers architectural interest, and its ability to attract a range of wildlife, from pollinators to birds.

Key Facts: One of the standout features of ‘Pink Beauty’ is its unusual pink flowers, a rare attribute among Doublefile Viburnums. Also, the shrub’s tiered structure remains a key feature, making it an attractive choice for those looking to add architectural depth to their gardens.

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 Doublefile Viburnum, Viburnum, Japanese snowball
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 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 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 Doublefile Viburnum, Viburnum, Japanese snowball
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 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 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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