Viburnum trilobum and V. plicatum var. tomentosum

Cranberry and Doublefile Viburnum

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There are a lot of Viburnum species out there and these are two of our favorites.  Simply elegant and easy, the Cranberry Viburnum (trilobum, photo at bottom) and Doublefile Viburnum (plicatum tomentosum, photo at top) sport a flower more similar to a lacecap hydrangea than the more common snowball Viburnum.  They are much easier and less fussy than the moisture-loving Hydrangeas.  The flower clusters are interesting to watch unfold over the late spring weeks adding a long term interest for a flowering shrub.  The flowers of both varieties turn to red fruit but the Cranberry Viburnum's fruit is technically edible and more profuse.  These deciduous Viburnums also get nice fall color, a wine red.  The Cranberry bush Viburnum has a lovely tiered, layered habit that fits nicely in a woodland or more naturalistic garden.  The horizontal branching of the Doublefile Viburnum gives it a nice form even through the bare days of winter.   We have a Cranberry Viburnum on the NW corner of our house and seems to take the afternoon heat and part shade in stride.  Their preference is probably not the hottest location you have but dappled light, part shade, or protection from all day sun, although once acclimated seem to tolerate it. 

A good composty, well draining soil is best but Viburnums will tolerate a little clay.   Regular watering is best, but they seem to be drought tolerant once established with good soil.   There are several varieties of these Viburnums and can vary in size.  Be sure to give them some space to look their best.  Viburnum plicatum tomentosum seems to be somewhat deer resistant but can definitely depend on the deer population so test it out first or use spray until it becomes well established.  

 
 

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Viburnum trilobum- can get to 10' tall                                        

Viburnum tri. 'Compactum'- 6'x6'                                              

Viburnum plicatum tomentosum- at least 6'x6'                                          

Viburnum p.t. 'Mariesii'- larger flowers, 6-8'x 8-10'                                      

Viburnum p.t. 'Shasta'- more horizontal at 6'x12'                      

Viburnum p.t. 'Summer Snowflake'- 6-8' tall x 8-10' wide