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Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'

Japanese snowball bush

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Dianna Jazwinski, copyright GAP Photos (42164)

Plant details

Viburnum plicatum was first introduced as the garden form found in Japan in 1844, before the original wild form, V. f. tomentosum, was discovered. It is a remarkable shrub, with widely spreading branches that naturally assume a series of horizontal tiers. 'Mariesii' emphasises this layered effect, dramatic at any time, but especially when the flowers appear, neat lacecap heads arranged in two parallel rows along the upperside of the spreading branches. Careful pruning, similar to that used for espalier apples, can produce a satisfying symmetrical shrub. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Viburnum

Species: plicatum

Cultivar: Mariesii

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 400cm

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