Chinese Snowball Viburnum

Size
Viburnum macrocephalum ‘Sterile’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b
Chinese snowball viburnum is ideal for gardeners looking for a large shrub with extremely showy spring flowers. This popular viburnum creates a stunning display of large flower clusters that begin as apple green, then turn white as they fully open to form snowball-like blooms in April. Snowball viburnum may also flower a second time in the fall in the South. It is the perfect choice for a specimen in large perennial beds or as a hedge.
Georgia Gold Medal Winner, 2006
It becomes a large shrub, so plant in the back of the garden or at a corner with lots of room to create a striking focal point. On the east side of a home, Snowball Viburnum can be planted with Bloom ’N Again® ’Love U Lots’ Azalea or Mini Penny™ Hydrangea where these shrubs will get morning sun, but afternoon shade.
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Woody Ornamentals - Flowering Shrubs - Broadleaf - Evergreen
Growth Size:   Tall Shrub - 10 to 15 feet tall, 8 to 10 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Upright - Vase Shaped - Rounded
Features:   Easy To Grow, Bold Texture-Shape
Pest Resistant, Disease resistant, Drought Tolerant (once established), Deer Resistant
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Garden Ideas:   
Snowball Viburnum creates a robust, commanding display of showy, white blooms throughout the sping. It captures the spotlight when in bloom and dominates the landscape with its lush, large flower clusters. It becomes a large shrub, so plant in the back of the garden or at a corner with lots of room to create a striking focal point. Combine with other flowering shrubs such as Ever Red® Loropetalum or Berry Dazzle® Dwarf Crapemyrtles for a bright flush of color in the outdoor landscape. Low maintenance with plenty of charm!
Cottage, Asian-Zen, White-Moonlit-Night
Flower features:    Good for Cut Flowers, Long Flowering, Buds Change Color, Profuse flowering
Huge, snowball-like flowers that bloom in spring
Foliage type and color:    Semi-Evergreen, Dark Green
Healthy, disease-resistant foliage
Landscape Uses:    Hedges, Foundation, Grouping, Screen
Accent, Border, Mass Planting, Specimen
Chinese Snowball Viburnum is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Tall Shrub - 10 to 15 feet tall, 8 to 10 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   10-12 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering:   Semi-Moist   Average
Soil Types:   Acidic   Average   Adapted to most soil types
General Plant Care:    Care for your shrubs includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem or trunk. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Once in spring with a slow-release fertilizer recommended for this plant (shrub, tree) at a rate according to package directions.
General Pruning suggestions:    Summer-flowering shrubs and small trees bloom on new growth (also known as 'new wood') in spring. These plants should be pruned while dormant in the winter time. This will encourage a flush of new growth in spring. This new growth will in turn bear more flowers in summer time.
Bloom Tips:    Remove flower stalks after blooms have faded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6a to 9b

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