Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum 'Spellbound' (doublefile viburnum)
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Spellbound is a punny name for this handsome doublefile viburnum - the plant was discovered as a seedling in the garden of Kevin Spellman in Wisconsin (a hint to the cold hardiness), hence, Spellbound.
Flowers are white mopheads that start out green, then open pure white. We have seen pictures of a fruit or two (a pittance) and, due to being a mophead, the florets are probably mostly sterile.
Leaves on Spellbound are a cut above - they are highly corrugated-textured (interesting for designers to use), handsome bright green all summer, turning red then dark burgundy in autumn. Fall color is EXCELLENT. Our pictures show the progression from red to burgundy colors.
The petioles have a red tint that is handsome and adds highlights and dimensional qualities to the shrub - Spellbound's foliage is not your everyday wall of green.
The main difference With Opening Day: Spellbound has smaller flowers on a larger shrub (10-12' tall).
unique for the horizontal layered look to the branches (design interest)
use alone as specimen or in borders and groupings/massings
good corner of building plant or anchor plant for a shrub border because it has a statuesque quality
long flowering period: middle of spring, 2-3 weeks after the lacecap types
Spellbound doublefile viburnum
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Spring: medium green
Summer: medium green
Fall: red, dark burgundy
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden, moist-but-draining, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
Give Viburnum plicatum var. plicatum Spellbound a well-drained soil and supplemental water during drought. Spread mulch over the roots zone to conserve moisture. Make sure it has some afternoon shade in Deep South. Other than that, it's easy and rewarding.