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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Steady Eddy® (Doublefile Viburnum)

Doublefile Viburnum Steady Eddy®, Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'NCVP1'

Viburnum plicatum Steady Eddy, Steady Eddy Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum Steady Eddy, Steady Eddy Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum Steady Eddy, Steady Eddy Doublefile Viburnum

Steady Eddy® (‘NCVP1’) is a remarkable cultivar of Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum, distinct for its compact growth habit and prolific white blooms. The shrub has been cultivated to fit well in both small and large gardens, offering an appealing mix of beauty and utility.

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Steady Eddy®: An In-depth Look

Native: The species Viburnum plicatum is originally from China and Japan. Steady Eddy®, however, is a cultivated variety designed to meet the needs of diverse landscapes.

Plant Type and Habit: This is a deciduous shrub with a naturally rounded form. Unlike some other cultivars, its growth habit is somewhat more compact, which lends itself well to various garden designs.

Size: Typically, Steady Eddy® reaches heights of around 4 to 5 feet (120-150 cm) with a comparable spread, offering a balanced, rounded profile.

Flowers: The shrub produces an abundance of white, lacecap-style flowers that provide an ethereal quality. These blooms add a dramatic visual impact when they appear en masse. It blooms from late spring to early summer and repeat blooming in mid-summer, offering an extended period of visual interest.

Foliage: The leaves are elliptical, dark green, and slightly serrated. In the fall, they can change to shades of burgundy, enhancing the plant’s seasonal appeal.

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

Uses: Its compact size makes it excellent for small yards. It can also be used in borders, hedges, or as an understory shrub in larger landscape designs.

Wildlife: The shrub’s flowers attract various pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

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.

Invasiveness: Steady Eddy® is not known to be invasive within its recommended USDA hardiness zones, making it a good choice for responsible gardening.

Benefits: The main advantages of Steady Eddy® include its more compact size, which makes it versatile for different garden sizes and types. It also offers seasonal interest from spring through fall, with a long blooming season and attractive fall colors.

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
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
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
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Small Gardens
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, Doublefile Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" - 60"
(120cm - 150cm)
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
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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