Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum is a deciduous shrub. It is part of the Adoxaceae family of plants. They also call it the Doublefire Viburnum. Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum is native to Japan and China. It grows to about 15ft or 5m tall.
Japanese Snowball Viburnum Plicatum is a sterile plant that is probably a cultivar of this species. Yet, Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum is found in nature. The roles are reserved, due to the fact that Japanese Snowball was observed prior to the natural species. Elizabeth Alice Flint (1909-2011), the New Zealand botanist, noted this in 1999.
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum is an upright, multibranched shrub. It has dark green leaves that are opposite, simple, and serrated. The leaves appear pleated and are deeply veined. They turn red and purple in autumn. Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum flowers in spring. The inflorescence is large clusters of small white flowers. The larger sterile flowers surround the smaller fertile ones. The fruit is ovoid and red and later turns black.
How to grow Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum:
Grow Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum prefers moist loams but adapts to most types of soils. The flowers attract butterflies and bees. It tolerates drought. Prune right after flowering, if you need to. Generally, it is disease-free and pest-free. Propagate by softwood cuttings.