Viburnum plicatum Mariesii
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' (Japanese snowball 'Mariesii') is a bushy perennial deciduous shrub with white flowers in early summer, early autumn, mid autumn and late spring. It grows well in semi-shade and direct sun and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are saucer shaped arranged in a cymose corymb inflorescence.
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, peat, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.
This rounded shrub has an ultimate height of 4m / 13.1ft and spread of 4m / 13.1ft. It can take 16-20 years to reach its ultimate height.
The leaves are green in spring and summer and red and purple in autumn. They are aristate in shape.
Toxicity : Slight in fruit. Mild stomach upset if eaten.
Uses :Basic hedge, cottage informal garden, flowering shrub, low maintenance, woodland margin and attractive foliage.
The fruit is red and black. There is a medium fruit/seed abundance beginning in Autumn and ending in Autumn.
This is a strong plant approx 40cms tall grown in a 3 litre container.