The Q&A Archives: Doublefile Viburnum And Sun

Question: Everything I have read says that the doublefile viburnum requires full sun, but yet a gardener recommended that I put it in a place that is shaded during a good part of the day. Were they mistaken or will it flourish there?

Answer: In warmer summer climates, in my experience this plant seems to do better in either full morning sun or bright dappled light all day. This cooler exposure also allows it to tolerate a slightly drier soil than it would need in more sunlight; it will bloom better with the more ample full morning's sunlight. In cooler summer areas of the country (think Pacific Northwest, New England) it thrives in full sun all day long. This is the type of trial and error/ microclimate experimenting that can make gardening so interesting. It can also be helpful to observe the type of plant you are considering growing in your local area and note where it seems to be doing the best -- as well as to consult with as many experienced gardeners as you can find to see if there seems to be a consensus of opinion.

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