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Name: Cindy Vasko
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cinvasko
Sep 2, 2020 1:47 PM CST
I have been looking at doublefile viburnums all year (only on eBay so far, I admit). I really want to add one to my landscape in a corner of my lot that can easily accept a large mature shrub. My questions are what are your favorites and what is a typical growth rate? I'm 60 and don't have forever to watch a 12" shrub grow, lol. If you have any favorite nurseries where I could order larger plants that would be great too. Thank You!
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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Sep 6, 2020 7:08 AM CST
Hi cinvasko:

You don't say where in VA you garden, but in zone 6 or warmer you should get 18-24" growth per year if you plant a healthy plant in decent soil and provide summer moisture if it gets hot and dry.

Doublefile Viburnum (if you mean Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum with the lacecap flowers) is a vigorous grower in climates like VA - especially if you are in the Piedmont or Coastal Plain landscape, rather than the mountains. In fact, up around the mid-Atlantic region of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay areas, it is actually considered an invasive exotic on the acidic loamy soils found there.

The lacecap characteristics of Doublefile Viburum are well-displayed in selections like 'Shasta', 'Mariesii', 'Igloo', and 'Lanarth' - all of which I have successfully grown here at the Valley.

You can review qualities of these plants at websites like Classic Viburnums (https://www.classicviburnums.c...) or the US National Arboretum - which produced such stellar selections as 'Shasta' and 'Shoshoni'.
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Name: Cindy Vasko
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cinvasko
Sep 6, 2020 1:13 PM CST
Thank you for that - I didn't know about Classic Viburnums and can't wait to look it over. I love all viburnums and have a few that are native to my area, but I'm hoping I can get a doublefile to thrive here - I haven't seen any at all in the surrounding neighborhoods and I don't know if it's because they don't do well here or if they just aren't well known in the area gardens. I am in the mountains at an elevation of 1750 feet. Thank You!

Wow - I had no idea there were so many cultivars available! Classic Viburnums will keep me occupied for a while. I've already had some success in my searching though as I am looking for a shrub that will be wider than tall. Shasta is really pinging for me.
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