Viburnum plicatum 'Watanabe'
Description: As with other Viburnum plicatum, this shrub produces layers of branches and lacecap flowers in mid summer whcih sit on top of the layered branches. However, this is a slightly smaller form more suited to the average sized garden today and the flowers are also smaller but produced freely from mid summer to autumn.
Uses: Good in a mixed border but also as a specimen plant where there is enough space.
Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade
Height/Spread: Up to 2 metres x 2 metres
Soil Requirements: Any free draining soil.
Pruning: Limited but careful pruning may be required to maintain the layered effect. Removing any crossing branches and ensuring an appropriate shape is maintained. Prune after flowering in late spring.
Additional Interest: Viburnum plicatum was first introduced as the garden form found in Japan in 1844 before the original wild form, V. f. tomentosum, was discovered. This form has a confusion of names.