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Chinese Snowball Viburnum
There just aren't too many flowering shrubs that rival the magnificence of Chinese Snowball Viburnum when in full bloom. More details below.

Chinese Snowball Viburnum

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Chinese Snowball Viburnum
Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, 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

There just aren't too many flowering shrubs that rival the magnificence of  Chinese Snowball Viburnum when in full bloom. The Chinese Snowball Viburnum is a Georgia Gold Medal winner that deserves a spot in every landscape where it will grow: USDA Zones 6a-9b. In spring, Snowball Viburnum produces an abundance of giant, 8-12" diameter, snowball-like flower clusters that emerge lime-green and open to white. These large clusters nearly cover the branches in spring and usually repeat later in the summer or early fall. Flowers are excellent both fresh or dried to make beautiful bouquets. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 10-15 feet tall and 8-12 feet wide at maturity, Chinese Snowball 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. 

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  10-15'
Width at Maturity:  8-12'
Spacing:  6-8' for solid hedge; 15'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Vase Shape
Growth Rate:  Moderate, Fast
Flower Color:  Light Green fades to White
Flower Size:  8-12" clusters
Flowering Period:  Spring, 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 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Insect

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