Marie's doublefile viburnum is a broad shrub with a distinct horizontal branching habit that gives it a layered look. It blooms profusely with white clusters of nonfragrant flowers held in two rows along the branches in May. Fall foliage color is a reddish-purple. It will grow in full sun to partial shade and is not fussy about soil types or conditions. This cultivar was introduced from Japan in 1879 and is the most commonly found doublefile viburnum in the trade.
Viburnums are a versatile genus of multistemmed shrubs that are well-suited to the home landscape due to their range of sizes and cultural adaptability. Some viburnums are noted for their fragrant flowers; most bear small fruit that may add visual interest. Many viburnums have attractive fall color. There are more than 100 different varieties of viburnums at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Screen/Hedge, Specimen Plant