You can have your own Kilimandjaro


Viburnum plicatum is native to China, Taiwan, and Japan. As if referring to the architecture of the region where it comes from, Viburnum plicatum has characteristic, horizontally arranged shoots. They look like the roofs of Chinese pagodas

The unusual arrangement of shoots and large white inflorescences that appear in spring and summer make Viburnum plicatum a unique decoration of every space.

Let’s zoom a bit on the most popular (the most spectacular) varieties of Viburnum plicatum:

  • Cascade has large, flat inflorescences that reach 10-15 cm in diameter. There are two types of flowers: fertile, small, greenish-white inside, and white, big, sterile outside. After flowering, small red shiny fruits appear. Cascade grows to about 1.5-2 m wide and 2-3 m in height. The leaves, dark green in summer, turn reddish-purple in autumn.
  • Kilimandjaro® (PBR) ‘JWW-1’ that looks like … Kilimandjaro. It has a conical shape and when it blooms, it looks like the highest mountain in Africa covered with snow. It blooms in May and late summer. After flowering, the flowers transform into initially red, with time black small berries. In autumn, leaves of Kilimandjaro® turn to warm shades of red with a slightly yellow tinge. It grows up to about 2 m in height.
  • Kilimandjaro® Sunrise (PBR) ‘JWW5’ looks like … Kilimandjaro in the light of the rising sun. It has delicately pink flowers and numerous berries. Kilimandjaro® Sunrise grows slightly slower than Kilimandjaro® and has smaller and darker leaves. Planted in a container, it will decorate any terrace or patio. It grows up to 1.5-2 m in height.
  • Lanarth – its leaves and flowers are similar to Mariesii, but it grows stronger than Mariesi (up to 3-4 m in height and width) and has a more distinct, horizontal arrangement of branches.
  • Mariesii has large, dark green leaves that turn purple scarlet in autumn. The flowers are large, 10-15 cm in diameter, arranged densely in two rows on horizontal shoots. Very decorative. The fruit is red, darkening as it ripens, becoming dark blue. It grows up to 1.5-2 m in height and 2-3 m in width.
  • Watanabe has interesting shoots, partially upright and partially horizontal. The leaves, dark green in summer, turn dark red in autumn. It blooms for a very long time, from summer to fall. After flowering, small fruits are the pride – initially red, later blue-black. It grows up to 1.5 m in height.

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