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Summer Snowflake Viburnum
Summer Snowflake Viburnum is one of a very few ornamental shrubs that blooms all season long in our gardens. More details below!

Summer Snowflake Viburnum

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Summer Snowflake Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Viburnum is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Summer Snowflake Viburnum is one of a very few ornamental shrubs that blooms all season long in our gardens, producing a flush of pretty, white flower clusters every month from April through October! Attractive bright red berries in late summer are followed by wine-red fall foliage. With these attributes you'd think we were talking about a native dogwood tree, and many who visit our gardens and see it in bloom think its a dogwood, until they get closer and see the beautiful florets.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide at maturity, Summer Snowflake Viburnum can be grown as a large shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree ideal for use as an eye-catching specimen or grouping in landscape and flowering shrub borders. Also useful to frame corners, accentuate entryways, or as espalier (trained to grow flat against a wall) in home foundation plantings . A welcome addition to cut flower gardens and the Xeriscape (low water needs).

Cultural Preferences

Viburnum is very easy to grow in most any average, most but well drained soil and full sun to part shade. It prefers a loamy soil of average fertility. As with so many other ornamental plants, it does not like constantly soggy or wet conditions. Very drought tolerant when established and we've seen no serious pest or disease problems. Deer haven't touched it in our gardens. For best flowering, at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day is suggested. Responds very well to pruning for shaping, size control and tree forming. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. 

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Viburnums.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-8b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub or Small Tree 
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Semi-Pyramidal
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  2-4" size clusters. Blooms throughout the warmer seasons!
Flowering Period:  Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Dry when established
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

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