Viburnum plicatum ‘Watanabe’ Viburnum

Description: Viburnum plicatum ‘Watanabe’ also known as ‘Nanum Semperflorens’ has a compact, dense habit. An attractive shrub producing tiered branches covered in clusters of white lacecap flowers. Often repeat flowering from late spring through to autumn. The white flowers are sometimes followed by red fruits which eventually turn black. The dark green leaves turn various shades of red and bronze before falling.

History: Found as a seedling in the wild in Japan by Kenji Watanbe about 1956.

Vibrunum Growing Tips: Viburnum plicatum ‘Watanabe’ is tolerant of most soils but will do best in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils. Easy to grow and does well in full sun or partial shade. The fruit can cause mild stomach upset if ingested.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 1.5m x 1m


  • Tree shape: Conical
  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Flowering month: May
  • VS Size: Very small
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Chalk tolerant

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