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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Purple and Red in Autumn

Fruit

Black and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Japanese snowball 'Mariesii'

Family

Adoxaceae


Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with opposite, simple or palmately lobed leaves and clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries

'Mariesii' is a large deciduous shrub with wide-spreading, tiered branches and prominently veined, dark green, ovate leaves, purple in autumn. Large lacecap heads of white flowers in late spring are occasionally followed by red, later black fruit

Synonym(s)

  • Viburnum mariesii
  • Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum 'Mariesii'
  • Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'
  • Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum f. mariesii

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows well in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Loam, Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8. Tolerates hard renovative pruning

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot