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Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum 'Watanabei'

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Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'Watanabei') at Connon Nurseries

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum flowers

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum flowers

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Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'Watanabei') at Connon Nurseries

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum in bloom

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum in bloom

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Snowflake, Everblooming, Nanum Semperflorens


A truly beautiful shrub when in bloom, covered in clusters of snowy white flowers held atop the branches in spring; attractive horizontal branching on a compact upright plant, bright red berries and good fall color; a beautiful choice for the shrub garden

Ornamental Features

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum is smothered in stunning white lacecap flowers held atop the branches from mid spring to mid fall. The red fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters in late fall. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Watanabei Doublefile Viburnum will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features