Viburnum plicatum / Doublefile Viburnum
In spring when my part of the world is in full Azaleamania mode, I gaze instead on what for me is the true Queen of Shrubs — the doublefile viburnum. I was practically forced to buy some back in ’86 when I used the free services of a nursery’s landscape department to create a border between the lawn and the woods; it was February and they looked totally unpromising. But the designer swore by them and I took the leap into unknown plant territory, along with several more of my now-favorites. I grow the variety ‘Shasta’.
Native to China and Japan.
- Thrives (and flowers) in shade or sun.
- To 8-10′ by 9-12′.
- Zones 5-8.
- Blooms in May.