Scientific Name: Viburnum plicatum cvs.
Common Name: Japanese snowball bush, doublefile viburnum
Family Name: Viburnaceae
Origin: Garden origin, S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 3 - 4m (height x width)
Habit: Horizontal, Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - horizontal, Round, Vase
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Screening, Specimen plant, Spring interest, Summer interest, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Heavily veined, Pinnate venation, Rugose, Elliptic, Obovate, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Cyme, White, Green-yellow, May-Jun-Jul-Aug
Fruit: Drupe, Aborted (hybrids) or absent, Red, Black, Jul-Aug-Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Spreading bushy deciduous shrub; leaves opposite, blades mostly ovate, up to 13cm long x 8cm wide, deeply veined, dark green; lower surface pubescent; florets in saucer shaped or snow-ball shaped terminal corymb-like cymes, fertile florets about 5mm wide, yellowish-white. Winter ID: horizontal branching in tiers (especially for V. 'Mariesii'); vegetative buds opposite, two scales, hairy; flowers buds large, valvate, hairy, and appressed to stem; leaf scar with three prominent bundle scars.