Watanabe, a doublefile cultivar of Viburnum plicatum

Watanabe viburnum plicatum

Watanabe doublefile is a beautiful small shrub, much appreciated in our gardens for its appealing blooming.

Name – Viburnum plicatum v. tomentosum ‘Watanabe’
Family Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae)
Type shrub

10 feet (3 meters)
Exposure full sun or part sun
Soil ordinary, well drained

Flowering May to October

Planting, caring for it and pruning contribute a lot to the proper growth of the Viburnum plicatum Watanabe.

Planting Watanabe Japanese Snowball bush

Preferably in fall but also in spring for specimens purchased in containers.

Pruning Viburnum

They don’t need any pruning.
Wait for the blooming to end if you wish to reduce or reshape the shrub.

Learn more about Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Watanabe’

The ‘Watanabe’ viburnum is a very beautiful shrub which has a blooming as magnificent in spring as its foliage is in fall.

As part of a flowered hedge, as a standalone or in shrub beds, its growing and maintenance is easy.

You’ll also appreciate its humble but durable blooming for a very long time, from May to October.

Also part of the Viburnum family is laurestine often found in our gardens, as well as Viburnum plicatum tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ which hosts spectacular blooming.

Smart tip about snowball bushes

Avoid locations that are too exposed to harsh sun. Viburnum plicatum ‘Watanabe’ needs relatively cool soil to develop well.

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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Growing in a pot by Laurent Houmeau under © CC BY-SA 2.0