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Viburnum 'Snowball'

  • Scientific Name: Viburnum x carlcephalum
  • Garden: Rain Garden
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist/Well-Drained

Plant Information

Snowball bush viburnum is a popular and easy-to-grow hybrid shrub with a dense, rounded growth habit. It is highly prized for its large, white spring flowers. The flowers begin apple-green in color, morph into white, and eventually fade to rose color, looking much like hydrangea blossoms. Best planted in the spring or fall, this fast-growing shrub has dark emerald-green leaves similar to those of maple trees, and the 3-inch clusters of spring flowers are followed by small red berries that eventually ripen to black. Like maple trees, the leaves of the snowball bush viburnum can turn reddish-orange in the fall, making it a perfect year-round landscape addition and specimen plant for spring or fall.
This bush and its berries are non-toxic, but consuming large quantities of berries can cause stomach upset in some people. They are, however, of great appeal to birds

Mature Size: 6–12 ft. tall, 6–10 ft. wide
Soil Type: Average, well-drained
Soil pH: Moderately acidic to slightly alkaline (5.5 to 8.0)
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White, light pink
Hardiness Zones: 6–8 (USDA)
Native Area: Nursery hybrid

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Photo Credit

VICA Full MOBotanicalGarden, VICA Flower MOBotanicalGarden (, VICA Leaves (©2022 Cheri Moland)