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Snowball Bush

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Growing Zones: 3-8

Growing Zones 3-8
This plant is recommended for zones: 3-8
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-12 ft.

Mature Width:

10-12 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'

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The Original Snowball Bush

An amazingly 'SHOWY' addition to any landscape; the Viburnum Macrocephalum, more commonly known as the 'Chinese Snowball Bush', is beautiful and easy-to-grow. The flowers emerge a striking lime-green in late spring and gradually turn to snowy-white in mid-May; they retain their green color for several weeks before turning to cream and then to white.

At full maturity, the 'Flower-Balls' resemble brilliant white pom-pom's, reaching up to 8' wide. The 'Chinese Snowball Bush' will bloom in mid-spring for weeks on end.

The Viburnum Macrocephalum is a sterile plant (producing no fruit) so all of its energy goes into blooming and . . . Does it ever!!! A relative of the honeysuckle, the 8' flowering clusters are made up of an abundance of delicate 1' flowers. The clusters resemble the blooms of the Hydrangea plant.

Best of all, this particular variety will provide a longer & more profuse BLOOMING SEASON than any other plant in its family. The foliage of the 'Chinese Snowball' is a brilliant dark green with 2'-4' leaves that have a 'saw-toothed' edge; they are stunning against the stark white of the flowering clusters.

The 'Chinese Snowball Bush' can be trimmed to any size or shape; it can be sculpted into shrubs, hedges, borders and trees. Cut it back after flowering and prepare for another round of blooming; this incredible plant blooms on both, old and new wood.

The Viburnum Macrocephalum is an extremely hardy variety that is resistant to bacterial leaf spot and powdery mildew, unlike its' relatives. If you are looking for an incredible 'point-of-interest' for your landscape, you have found it in the 'Chinese Snowball Bush'.

  • Insect & Disease Resistant
  • Showy Clusters of 'Flower Balls' (up to 8' wide)
  • Repeat Bloomer
  • Carefree
  • Provides Bountiful Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Non-Invasive Root System
  • Heat & Drought Tolerant
  • Attracts Butterflies

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We ordered two of these 3-gallons and planted in East TN in April. They bloomed great little snowballs right away. One is growing taller than the other, but both look very healthy. I recently trimmed away some of the smaller branches to encourage them to grow as small trees. Very pleased with the shipping and packaging as well
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Snowball Bush

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Snowball Bush.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Snowball Bush gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Snowball Bush again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Is there something I can do to make my snowball plant to bloom? It's 2 years old and has not bloomed.
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Mine is in my second year and it has not bloomed yet either. However, we just moved it to a fairly sunny area with good soil and the leaves are beautiful. I'm guessing it may be a later bloom in the summer season? I hope so. Please reply here if you find the trick.
Reply · Report · kristin z on Jun 9, 2014
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when do you prune this bush /?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
Best Answer: Although the bush is healthy and growing, it will be several more years until it needs any pruning
Reply · Report · mathew m on Jul 3, 2014
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Can you plant this in a planter.?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I really don't know but I will tell you I had trouble planting in ground. After 3 seasons it finally has taken hold and looks great.
Reply · Report · John P on Jun 1, 2014
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do they grow in shady areas?
A shopper on Oct 6, 2014
Best Answer: Ours gets full sun, morning until about 2PM (depending on the time of the year.) It is protected from the HOT, late-afternoon sun. But, I would certainly not call the location a 'shady area' - so I doubt this really answers your question.
Reply · Report · Barton B on Oct 6, 2014
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