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PlantFiles: Doublefile Viburnum, Japanese Snowball Bush
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Mariesii'

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: plicatum var. tomentosum
Cultivar: Mariesii

Synonym:Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum
Synonym:Viburnum tomentosum

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bobbieberecz On Aug 31, 2013, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

My plant is only 1 1/2 years old so it's a bit early for final opinions. This first year it bloomed nicely and has put out nice growth. It started turning an amazing and brilliant reddish orange about a month ago while still putting out new green growth. Seems very happy and healthy in mostly sun. It gets watered deeply every week. Sometimes more often if I have the hose in the area. I have sandy-loam soil that was heavily enriched with chicken manure about 6 years ago. No added mulch or fertilizers since. I hope this plant grows as tall as it's supposed to and survives our heavy winter rains in NW Washington state.

Positive soulbloom On Aug 18, 2006, soulbloom from Richmond, VA wrote:

As with most of the plants in my garden, I bought this on clearance with hopes of reviving it back to life. I originally didn't care or know anything about it but couldn't pass it up since it was so cheap. I planted it in the shade near where I house my 'good' soil for storage and it exceeded my expectations. No blooms since I planted it around June/July but I like the shape and style of this wide shrub.

Positive ViburnumValley On Feb 2, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Mariesii doublefile viburnum is one of the two most commonly planted doublefile viburnums around the Ohio River valley, along with Shasta. Not surprising: this plant grows and flowers with abandon, asking only for some summer moisture to avoid the "dog-ears" behavior when excessively hot. This shrub will easily reach 8-10' height and 10-15' wide in time. Give it room.

If planted near a different doublefile to provide pollination, the reward is copious bright red fruit which birds will devour. Fall brings a fine combination of reds, burgundies, and pumpkin orange foliage. The striated horizontal branching provides a fine contrast to rounder and more upright plant forms. This is a good viburnum for Kentucky conditions.

Neutral mycottage On Apr 12, 2005, mycottage from Weston, MO wrote:

I have a 3 year old Mariessi in my garden, which is growing quite well (almost 6.5' tall now). It has beautiful shape, but has never bloomed. Don't know why. Any suggestions?

Positive maria1982 On May 30, 2004, maria1982 from Thorold

Southern Ontario, I have had this bush for many years, and it is wonderful, blooming profusely in the early summer. The flat blooms are unique. It is planted in partial shade, and doing well.

Positive lupinelover On May 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This beautiful shrub has the flowering aspect of a lace-cap hydrangea, blooming in May. Its flower clusters are very large, and the central buds are red before opening pure white.

The fall foliage is another bonus. The leaves are corrugated in appearance, and as they change color to a dark rust, it adds a special emphasis.

The flowers are reputed to be fragrant, however, the shrub must be purchased in bloom to determine. Seed-grown shrubs have little if any aroma.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arroyo Grande, California
San Anselmo, California
Des Plaines, Illinois
Elburn, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Burlington, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Shreveport, Louisiana
Baltimore, Maryland
Laurel, Mississippi
Upland, Nebraska
Hillsboro, New Hampshire
Manchester, New Hampshire
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cheshire, Oregon
York, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington
Concrete, Washington
Kennewick, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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