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Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Great plant picks: Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Mariesii

  • Richie Steffen/Great Plant Picks

WHAT: A doublefile viburnum, the Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Mariesii, is a hardy, wide-spreading deciduous shrub with a brilliant floral display in the spring, clusters of red berries in summer and a fiery red show in autumn. Even in winter, the strong branching pattern creates an interesting framework.
WHY PLANT IT: The tough shrub is multiseasonal and works well when given room. For smaller spaces consider removing the lower branches and create a small, tree.
WHERE: It does best when planted in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites or clay if the drainage is adequate.
Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. Very little pruning is needed. Excessive pruning may ruin the layered branching pattern so consult an expert.
ACTUAL SIZE: a 10-year-old woody plant or 5-year-old perennial will reach 12 feet. The plant's width spread is about 10 feet.
LEARN MORE: See www.greatplantpicks.org.
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