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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Shasta'

A broad, rounded shrub growing twice as wide as tall ( 6' x 10-12').  The result of a cross between a selected V. plic. f. tom. and V. plic. f. tom. 'Mariesii'.  Strong horizontal branching produces large 6" lacecap flowers in May.  Sterile marginal florets are 50% larger than those found on other cultivars and also have 5-15 sterile flowers dispersed among the center fertile flowers.  Another distinctive feature is that although the sterile ray flowers of the species are typically creamy, those of 'Shasta' are pure white.  Bright red fruit matures to black.  Fall color is plum to maroon.  A 1979 introduction from Donald Egolf's breeding with the National Arboretum.  Zone 5

USDA Hardiness Zone:



6-7 Feet


10-12 Feet

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Shasta' Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Horizontally spreading
  • Horizontally tiered

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Shade tolerant

Fall Color

  • Plum to maroon

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Abundant and showy
  • Red to black

Winter foliage

  • Deciduous