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This fast growing flowering beauty offers massive white blooms and a tolerant nature that can be planted virtually anywhere. In fall, crimson berries and scarlet leaves bring a pop of color that truly make this easy keeper a no-brainer to own. Perfect for beginners!

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Snowball Bush

The Original Snowball Bush

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Large softball size blooms emerge on this rapid growing shrub. With a mature height of 10-12 ft., Viburnum is perfect for hedges and screens. 

This attractive shrub gives you all the beauty and none of the fuss. 

You’ll enjoy large hydrangea-like blooms in early summer, sometimes reaching the size of a softball! 

As a large mounding shrub, Viburnum is ideal for that showy formal hedge or privacy screen. Space 8-10 ft. apart for a full compact screen. 

Plant at the corners of your foundation for a dazzling landscape effect. 

When the colder months approach - this shrub will turn to tinges of purple and red, adding even more color to you landscape. 

This bush is extremely tolerant of any growing conditions. Compacted clay soils, dry arid sandy soils - even large differences in P.H. levels, have no effect on this shrub. 

Viburnum will continue to impress year after year, so order this favorite today for lasting outdoor enjoyment. 

You receive a snowball bush that has been grown for 2 or 3 years, not 2 or 3 months... so you can be assured that it has a large, well-developed root and branching system that's ready to produce a cascade of snow white blooms.











Growing Zones: 3-8

Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
Mature Width: 10-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Very Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Great
Botanical Name: Viburnum opulus
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 3-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 3-8
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It's Easy to Plant 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.

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.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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
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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.
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What is causing my snowball plant to wilt? I just planted it a month ago and it's not doing so well.
barbara d on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: I bought mine last spring and they looked rough after they bloomed (dark unhappy leaves). I was worried they were getting too much water because our gutters were overflowing. We redirected the water and i just waited it out. This year, they came back just fine and look healthy. They are planted against a wall in a slightly raised bed facing south and get sun all day. I water routinely and trim away the bottom branches to train them to grow like trees.
Reply · Report · Danielle W on Jul 6, 2014
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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.
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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 I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Snowball Bush can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.