Maries Doublefile Viburnum

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Living Wedding Cake Maries Doublefile Viburnum

  • A True Supermodel of the Shrub World
  • Regarded as the Most Attractive Shrub by Experts
  • Wide-Spreading, Horizontal Branches
  • Very Showy Flower Display Along Each Branch
  • White Lacecap Flower Clusters
  • Pollinator Support Plant
  • Highly Textured, Dark-Green Foliage
  • Lovely Red Fruit for Songbirds
  • Leaves Turn Burgundy Red and Purple for Fall Color in Most Areas
  • Grows in Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Don't Prefer The Taste

Add a stunning, architectural shrub front and center in your landscape design. Maries Doublefile Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii') is nicknamed the Wedding Cake, and it's easy to see why with its layers of horizontal branches stacked atop each other.

In spring, each branch is loaded with a double row of flat-topped clusters of white lacecap flowers. The two-inch clusters line each branch to completely cover the shrub from top to bottom.

All Viburnums are impactful, but this variety? Many experts call it the most attractive cultivated shrub on the market.

Use a single one as a bold focal point. Or, plant a row of them to become a wonderfully showy, flowering backdrop.

This special Japanese Snowball shrub looks amazing in a fusion Asian-style garden, but hold their own in casual contemporary settings, as well. Maries Doublefile Viburnum earns the right to showcase your style.

Well-organized, toothed, dark green leaves look almost quilted! Evenly spaced prominent veins angle off from the mid-rib to create a pleated look on the upper surface.

Eye-catching red fruits develop from the white flowers. Songbirds will enjoy them as a nutrient-rich resource food before winter.

In most areas, you'll enjoy a lovely fall color display of rich red and purple foliage. The show starts once the nights start getting cooler.

Even after leaf drop, the horizontal tiered branches look great when bare for winter. Maries Doublefile Viburnum is a handsome shrub that develops a trim, rounded shape.

You'll love it all year-long!

Rely on it to help bring definition and incredible ornamental features to your yard. Add our high-quality Maries Doublefile Viburnum shrubs this season.

How to Use Maries Doublefile Viburnum in the Landscape

Use them at points of transition in your landscape. These wide-spreading, medium-sized shrubs are a delightful way to accent the start of a garden path, for instance.

Use one by the corner of your garage to elevate the entry into your side yard. Add a pretty row along the edge of a woodland garden to mark the boundary between domestication and wilderness.

The symmetry of Maries Doublefile Viburnum also makes a memorable hedge. Relax with the even tempo of their horizontal branches.

Plant six feet apart on center to create a solid screen. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Create a beautiful backdrop for your mixed garden borders. Or, place several behind your patio furniture as an outstanding privacy screen.

Try this in the front yard, too. Plant three shrubs in an open semicircle, then add a seating arrangement to welcome guests for coffee.

Maries Doublefile Viburnum partners beautifully with many other plants. For a very modern look, contrast their form with spiky Adam's Needle Yucca and Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass.

Repeat their rounded form with a collection of smaller Hydrangeas placed in front. Don't forget to include large outdoor containers in the planting bed to "pop" the bold colors of cuties like Summer Crush Hydrangea.

If you have the space, add a long row along the front of your property or to decorate a wide side yard. You'll make the world a prettier place!

Have fun with this living "Wedding Cake." Can you think of a better present for newlyweds or a special anniversary?

#ProPlantTips for Care

This variety of easy-care Viburnum will perform in either full sun or part shade. It needs at least four hours of direct sunlight a day.

Well-drained soil is best. Elevate your shrubs in a raised bed if your soil retains water.

Establish your plant with careful watering during its first season. Thereafter, provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis.

Mulch over the root system to cut down on surface evaporation. Apply a three-inch layer, but keep it pulled back from the main stems.

After the flowers are finished in late spring, prune lightly to shape. Plan for the full height and spread of this shrub, so you never have to trim for size control.

If you live with deer in your area, apply repellent spray on the day of planting. Reapply according to the directions.

Make a big statement in your landscape. Order Maries Doublefile Viburnum today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Maries Doublefile Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No