Viburnum plicatum tomentosum fruiting
So far, I have stayed away from this family of Viburnums, concentrating on my Arrowoods and Lindens for their fruiting. Anyone who reads lots of Garden Web knows how that has been going for me. I am now wondering if I add Viburnums from the Doublefile family, if that would add to or extend the fruiting time so that the backyard birds always have some fruits. Besides, this family seems to have very showy flowers. I like the Viburnums I have but I can't say that the flowers are that showy individually , although they look great in mass. Also, no fall color in my Arrowwoods and I am not sure of the Lindens yet. Fall color is one of the reasons I went with the Winterthur (the most gorgeous shrub I have in my garden). Striking green leaves and full shape. Anyway...
So, I am gathering information because I know nothing about this family of Viburnums what-so-ever. Is there a particular Cultivar that is self fruitful? I figure the plant two different clones advise applies here too! I want ones that fruit, the more heavily the better. I do not want to plant a sterile variety of Viburnum in my yard. I have learned so much about Viburnums in general from many of the Viburnum threads both here and on the shrub forum. The old post called 'Why don't my Viburnums have/keep Berries?' got me started and the Viburnum blather and both Viburnum dilatatum and Viburnum dentatum friends added to the great information available here. I do wish that after I learned that I had to get two different clones of a particular family of Viburnums for fruit set, that I had known to try and get them from the same source so that they would bloom together. Who would have thought about so many variables in bloom times! I digress again.
So lets get this thread going specifically about Viburnum plicatum variety tomentosum. I believe there are sterile clones of this variety or perhaps sterile clones of plain plicatum. Want to stay away from those. Any advice for me? Don't want to repeat the mistakes I made with my Arrowoods!!!!!!!!