Mariesii’ has double rows of white, clustered blooms that are artfully arranged along the very pronounced horizontal branches. The midspring is when this native of Japan and China steals the show. Each flat-planed flower cluster is made up of small, fertile blossoms surrounded by larger sterile ones. Occasional fruits that form will be first red and mature to black. This is a terrific multi-stemmed shrub.
Feature this deciduous shrub in a sunny to partial-shade place in the yard for four season interest. Soil pH is not a concern, but it likes moisture retentive, but well-drained soil to thrive. It will handle occasionally wet soils, but it is best suited for a pristine garden site.
Most viburnums prefer a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Some species tolerate wet soils.
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 5 to 15 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
Apply a layer of compost under the plant each spring, spreading it out to the dripline (the area under the outermost branches). Add a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Prune to shape after flowering. Prune to remove dead, diseased, or broken branches anytime.
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