Viburnum plicatum / Doublefile Viburnum

Doublefile viburnumIn 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.