Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ Spring 2012

There are few shrubs I like better than viburnums and truly the ‘Shasta’ Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tormentosum) is one of the more beautiful selections of viburnums. The viburnum pictured below is in its fourth year of growing in my garden and has never looked better!  Loads of white lacecap flowers cover the branches in a two row fashion which lends to its name.  In the fall this viburnum is supposed to have reddish colored berries but so far I haven’t seen any.  This is most likely due to not having a pollinator viburnum close enough for cross pollination. 

Propagating a ‘Shasta’ Viburnum
Viburnums respond very well to cuttings or to layering.  Read this post for more complete information on propagating a viburnum.

There are several different cultivars of doublefile viburnums that grow to varying heights and widths.  The ‘Shasta’ viburnum grows about 6 feet tall but can reach widths of 10 to 12 feet.  This probably means placing it right next to my deck may not have been the best location!  Some creative pruning will allow me to keep it in bounds and provide me with a lot of cutting material!

In the fall this ‘Shasta’ viburnum sports beautiful purple-red colored foliage.  I suppose this could vary depending on soil, moisture, and weather conditions.  Tomorrow morning I’ll show you a fragrant viburnum you would just love.

If you don’t have a viburnum in your garden you need one!  Really you do!

3 Replies to “Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ Spring 2012”

  1. Do viburnums have a sun and soil preference?

  2. 'Shasta' likes full sun to part sun mostly. I think it would do OK in shadier locations but wouldn't flower nearly as nicely!

  3. Your post is very informative as usual. And pics are explaining your concept very nicely.

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