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Snowball Bush

Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Snowball Bush Planting Mix

Helps your Snowball Bush get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

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Growing Zones: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-12 ft.

Mature Width:

10-12 ft.



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Botanical Name:

Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'

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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-inches 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-inch flowering clusters are made up of an abundance of delicate 1-inch 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 inches wide)
  • Repeat Bloomer
  • Carefree
  • Provides Bountiful Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Non-Invasive Root System
  • Heat & Drought Tolerant
  • Attracts Butterflies

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Customer Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
43 Reviews
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took a while but WOW
these just took off once it got cold and blooming while nothing else does ... mid-winter and these beauties are just taking off.
Breathtakingly beautiful, and I'm picky.
January 13, 2019
9 months ago
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Arrived very good. Planted and we had cold weather and rain. So we will see what happens this spring
December 29, 2018
Chesapeake, VA
1 month ago
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Has blooms already - in ground about a month
Fair price. Seem to be doing well. Always wanted one as I remember going by one on my way to school. Many many years ago.
September 8, 2018
5 months ago
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Full Blooms Already
We're already seeing full and bright blooms from both of our bushes. We should see more soon because they're doing so well.
September 7, 2018
5 months ago
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Product looked healthy but was ordered as 2 gal and received 1 gal or less
Received in good shape but much too small for 2 gal as ordered. So disappointed as have always received outstanding products. Would consider it a 2 qt or 1 gal just repotted to2 gal pot..
August 14, 2018
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Snow ball bushes
The bushes rived within a few days after ordering. They were well wrapped and protected. In just a few weeks they have begun to fill out and have plenty of buds which will bloom within a few weeks. I love them!
August 7, 2018
6 months ago
Hardy, fast growing
I bought three last year and two are doing great. I would recommend spending the extra money and getting the larger bush though because the smaller one is struggling at this point and I’m not sure if it will survive the season
July 20, 2018
1 year ago
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Not a good purchase
Purchased 4 bushes only bloomed once . Bushes were in full sun. Fertilized as directed. Some people say never trim, we never did. Nether less they never bloomed
June 30, 2018
over 3 years ago
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its living, no snowballs
its living but hardly growing and no snowballs- doesn't look like the pictures. I wish it did. ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
June 27, 2018
7 months ago
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It was packed very well and looked great.However now it has lost most of its leaves and the leaves that are left are very "crunchy".I am just hoping it is in shock and will make a turnaround.
June 24, 2018
7 months ago

Planting & Care

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

Snowball Bush Planting Diretions

Snowball Bush (Viburnum macrocephelum ‘sterile’) is a very showy, flowering ornamental that flowers in the early to mid spring depending on your location. The huge flowers start out lime green and turn a creamy white as the season progresses, starting to bloom in mid April and can last through June. Typically planted in USDA growing zones 6-9 (can also be successfully container grown) the Chinese Snowball bush are semi-evergreen in warm climates and fully deciduous in cooler climates. In warmer climates these will prefer afternoon shade to keep them out of the hot afternoon sun, but will thrive in full sun in cooler climates. Growing to an overall size of 12 feet tall/wide, these plants can be pruned to any shape or size after the blooming season.

Choosing a location: The Chinese snowball bush will perform well in either full sun or partial shade, depending on where you are located. In warmer climates, provide the plant with afternoon shade. In cooler areas, the snowball bush can take full sun. They prefer acidic, moist, well draining soil but can tolerate a wide variety of soil types.

Planting directions (In ground): Once you have chosen your location, it is time to plant.
1) Dig a hole that is 3 times the width of the container (the root ball), and just as deep.
2) Remove the plant from the container, lightly tapping it will help if the plant is stuck.
3) Gently comb the roots to loosen them, so that they spread out more quickly into their home.
4) Place the plant in the hole, so that the top of the rootball is even with the soil level.
5) Backfill with a mixture of 60% native soil and the remainder a quality compost or garden soil.
6) Water lightly every few inches as you backfill to remove any air pockets, water well when done, but do not saturate the area.
7) Mulch the area when done with a layer of mulch 2-3” thick and not quite touching the trunk of the plant. This helps to protect the roots from fluctuating temperatures as well as helping it to conserve moisture.

Planting directions (Potted): These plants can be kept in a container if you do not have room in your landscape.
1) You want to start the plants off in a container that is 1-2 sizes larger than the container it arrives in.
2) Use a quality, well draining potting soil to fill the container.
3) Remove the plant from the container and loosen the roots with your fingers.
4) Place the plant in the container so that it is at the same level that it was in the original container.
5) You will need to re-pot the plant about every season until the plant is in a container that is 20-24” across.

Watering (In Ground): The Snowball bush prefers moist, well draining soil, they don’t like to be saturated. Water the plants well after the soil has had the chance to dry out about 2 inches down. The frequency will vary depending on your climate and the weather conditions. They will need more water during times of excessive heat and drought. They will not need to be watered after they go dormant for the season or after the ground freezes.

(Potted): Water until the water flows through the drainage holes draining any excess from the catch tray if need. Allow the soil to dry about 2 inches down before watering again.

Fertilizing: Generally the snowball bush will not need a lot of additional fertilizer. To increase blooming, you can fertilize in the early spring with a high phosphorus fertilizer like bone meal or bloom booster. Look for the middle number of the formula to be higher than the others for the added boost of phosphorous (example: 5-25-10).

Pruning: Prune the snowball immediately after flowering for shape and to remove damaged or diseased limbs.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
beautiful white flowers
Lorrie M on Sep 2, 2018
Mom had one growing up.
Terry L H on Jul 6, 2018
beautiful white flowers
Lorrie M on Sep 2, 2018
Have been looking for this bush for a year now have seen a few neighbors with them and they are beautiful,
Billie P on Aug 28, 2018
Mom had one growing up.
Terry L H on Jul 6, 2018
So my neighbor can't see me sitting in my patio furniture.
Crystal W on Jun 3, 2018
One was for something that will block sun for Hydrangea's for a couple of hours a day and will grow in part shade. The second was to fill and add interest to a large planting bed in the front of my house.
Michele S on Jun 3, 2018
I live in a subdivision. I purchased this for the side of my house that leads to the backyard for general landscaping and to hide the A/C unit.
Anthony M on May 23, 2018
Bought it for my sister -in-law. Is her favorite flower.
Susan G on May 7, 2018
Was my dads favorite flowering plant
Phyllis L on May 6, 2018
Love the white blooms! We used to have one at our first house.
Paola S on May 6, 2018
hard to find
jim c on Apr 29, 2018
Remember this from my fathers garden, nice blooms.
Michele W on Apr 16, 2018
In hopes to replace a beautiful plant we had on north side of house
Vicki H on Jan 12, 2018
I love this plant.
Lucy C on Dec 28, 2017
I have always loved this tree and want to plant it in my parents turn of the century home....seems like the right type of plant for era of house. Also a fast growing privacy screen is needed.
Kathryn C on Dec 16, 2017
Want a showy contrast to surroundings in my yard.
Joe H on Dec 3, 2017
I have seen this in person and its beautiful each time I see it blooming in my Nabors yard
Patrice A on Nov 16, 2017
Wanted a larger flowering bush that would take full sun for a front yard landscape addition.
Mary D on Nov 15, 2017
love this bush
RUDY & JO ANNE S on Nov 13, 2017
reminds me of my grandmother
kay s on Nov 12, 2017
I love this tree. I used to have one in my old garden and want one in my new garden. It has been hard to find in my local area.
Emilia Y on Oct 22, 2017
we have been looking for snowball tree not a bush we want balls on the branches not clusters
thank u
alan wilson
alan w on Apr 3, 2017
My grandma had one. Love mine more..
Carol T on Mar 3, 2017
saw one in warm springs, ga - beautiful
arnold j on Feb 18, 2017
I always wanted one
Adelaide B on Jan 9, 2017
This is my first order with fast growing I hope it go well, A friend told me they were good to deal with
frankie o on Oct 27, 2016
I grew up with one of these bushes in my yard in Missouri. I now live in Central Texas, zone 8, so I'm really counting on the fact that you say it will grow here. Really looking forward to a beautiful bush! I'll write a review on its progress.
Margaret P on Oct 26, 2016
It's very beautiful.
Judith B on Oct 23, 2016
Nice looking bush even before blooms. Only have about a month but its growing! Plants from Fast Growing trees come nicely packaged to protect trees and bushes,I know I have bought both.
albert m on Aug 16, 2016
Will look great right outside our back porch
Jonathan H on Aug 13, 2016
Beautiful blooms!
KARL K on Aug 11, 2016
It's beautiful flowers and shade tolerant
Sutra G on Aug 8, 2016
Wife's favorite
William C on Aug 1, 2016
Kevin C on Jul 31, 2016
WHITE, Hardiness for our zone.
Tamera H on Jul 27, 2016
I want a deer resistant, beautiful, full screen of blooming snow balls in the back yard against neighboring property for a little separation and privacy while on my deck.
kay L on Jul 24, 2016
I chose the snowball Bush because it is the perfect size for my small also is very beautiful.
susan H on Jul 13, 2016
I picked this and all of the others because I am doing a memorial garden in honor of my son who passed away 3 years ago . He is a Cincinnati Reds fan and I am having my garden filled with the brightest whites and brilliant reds I could find. All of the plants I have bought from here have been strong, healthy and brilliant vibrant whites and reds! I have been so pleased with their performance !
Debi H on Jul 5, 2016
their beauty
Donna S on Jul 4, 2016
Large area, blooming drought resistant.
Albert T on Jun 26, 2016
I have seen how big these grow in other peoples yards and have always wanted one. I hope this one grows big too add to the privacy I am trying to create around my yard to block out the busy traffic.
Bernardette K on Jun 24, 2016
I chose this bush for its coloring, size and aroma...will be planted at each corner of brick colonial....should anchor the home nicely!
Nicholle F on Jun 20, 2016
I had one @ my previous residence and loved it. It was too big to transplant here. Big showy flowers. Lots. In fact I used them from my yard to decorate tables at my sister's wedding reception. They were beautiful & so easy.Had to have one here, too.
Genella T on Jun 15, 2016
height size for clear view. Nice looking tree.
GEORGE R on Jun 12, 2016
I love the snowball look
rosalyn t on Jun 10, 2016
Our neighbor had one when I was a little girl growing up and they would let us cut as many snowballs as we wanted to put in our may baskets we delivered around the neighborhood. So this brings back memories of my childhood and can't wait to plant it and make new memories.
Darla D on Jun 9, 2016
my grandmother had one in her yard when I was growing up and I remember loving it
it makes me think of her
amy c on Apr 21, 2016
beautiful in person
Jennifer K on Apr 13, 2016
My grandmother had a snowball bush!
Bonny L on Apr 12, 2016
We heard that if you want quality go to the best. Guaranteed to be a survivor and bloom again and again.
Judy M on Apr 9, 2016
Have seen them bloom in my area and need a large bush for a corner of my yard.
Jennifer G on Apr 4, 2016
Have been looking for this bush for a year now have seen a few neighbors with them and they are beautiful,
Billie P on Aug 28, 2018
So my neighbor can't see me sitting in my patio furniture.
Crystal W on Jun 3, 2018
How tall is the 3 gallon snowball tree that I will receive?
kerry s on Feb 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.
is he snowball bush evergreen?
gary l on Mar 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Snowball Bush, Viburnum macrocephalum, will shed its leaves in winter.
can you tell me how deep the roots grow?
Ann B on May 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The roots will grow out a bit past the branches of the shrub. The Snowball Bush is a Viburnum, which has a dense, fibrous root mass that is not too deep - perhaps 12 to 18 inches deep.
Can this bush be trimmed each year to maintain a smaller bush?
Anthony Z on Aug 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Trim after they bloom. No later.
will these perform well amongst and around trees?
Glenn A on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you are asking whether they can survive partial shade from other trees, yes. They can stand partial shade. I have mine planted in a spot that gets mid-day sunshine and the rest of the day is partial shade (from being in the shade of larger oak trees). My snowball bush is doing very well and growing fast.
Is this snowball bush easy to grow into a tree form? If so, would it be a single trunk or multiple trunks?
J S on Jul 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is more like a large shrub. Multiple limbs low to the ground. I did not trim mine and not sure it would have developed off of a single limb. They are beautiful, so I would say if you have a large space with some sunlight, give it a try. I planted multiple, but I also have a large area of property that was ideal for these.
Chinese Snowball bush ( viburnum macrocephalum )....

I see all of these flowers are white

is there some minerals or fertilizers I can mix to make the blooms turn pink and stay pink. ?
Chris c on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: With the Snowball bush it will not turn colors with different fertilizers. The Endless Summer Hydrangea will turn colors with different soil types. More alkaline soil will produce pink blooms while more acidic soil will produce blue blooms.
Do they only bloom one time?
P I on Jun 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes - in northern NJ the flowers are green in April and become white, maybe lasted 2-3 weeks this year.
How talk is the tree now?
Chaixiong on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The two I have in large pots are about six feet high, they don't look like trees, more like bushes. A friend of mine has one in her backyard that now looks like a tree, just because of the height - it is as tall as her 2-story house, and quite beautiful when in bloom (stays green all year) - I know you can prune it to keep it smaller if you need to. The ones in my back garden, planted in the somewhat clay soil, are about two feet tall - they grow fast - I've only had mine for about a year! The blooms last a long time in a vase too. I would say that good soil will help them grow taller.
Someone gifted me a snowball bush from you guys. It's may 14 and the weather is still hasn't gone above 70. Is it too late to plant this into the ground? should I wait until the fall to plant it? Or is it ok to plant now?
minh v on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours after May 17th. We are in Zone 7, Nahsville,TN It seems to be a very hardy bush. Following Spring we had huge white blooms on the two bushes that seemed to last forever.
Is it best planted in sunlight or can it take shade location?
Les B on Aug 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I planted my snowball in a partial shade location and it seems to be doing really well, it does need some sun.
I see this plant is deer resistant, how about rabbit resistant?
Steve J on Jul 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Deer will eat anything but they are not preferred by them. I have no problems with rabbits
I love the snowball plant, but it would get some morning sun would that be enought light for it?
Margaret F on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have two in full sun and two get morning to mid-morning sun - they are all thriving. I find they need about the same amount of sun as my hydrangeas.
We are expecting temperatures to drop to the mid 20's. Due to an extra warm winter the bushes are putting on leaves and some buds. Should we cover them with plastic bags to help protect them or will they survive?
Doyle A on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You should never use plastic to cover plants. Sheets are the best solutions. Water the plant during the day. The water helps keep the plants warm during the night when the lowest temperatures exist. Good luck.
What is the best time to plant in zone 7?
Anthony Z on Aug 9, 2015
Early spring is the best time after the danger of frost has passed. You can plant now provided you have enough time before your first frost. I would say six to eight weeks to be safe.
Is the Snowball bush good in full shade?
Fred M on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Snowball Bush has the most flowers in full sun, but those grown in the South benefit from some afternoon shade. It will grow in full shade, but its growth will be more leggy and it will produce far fewer flowers.
How long for a snowball to mature in mid-Missouri?
ronitadinger r on May 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: T he snowball bush can grow 1-2ft per year, once established.
.can this bush be planted now? Late July?
Sue H on Jul 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant it now but because of the heat right now you would want to water your Snowball Bush in the morning and that will help with water loss from evaporation and help the bush deal with the heat of the sun through the day. Make sure you give them a deep soaking down to the roots.
When is best time to trim a snowball bush?
Donna C on Jul 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water. The best time to plant is in the fall, six weeks before the first frost so your tree can get rooted into the ground before winter, or in the spring six weeks after the final frost, giving it time to become established before summer heat sets in. Keep in mind that planting during the summer still gives your tree enough time to get rooted in before the winter.
How long do the bloom last? The description indicates the blooms will turn white in May. How long will the blooms remain on the tree past May? Zone 8. Dallas, TX - Full Sun
J S on Jul 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Snowball Bush usually blooms from late April through early May, it depends on your region. The bloom time can be later in northern regions.
Is this snowball bush easy to grow into a tree form? If so, would it be a single trunk or multiple trunks?
J S on Jul 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine is still very small. It has taken it a while to get big. But it shouldn't be hard to grow into a tree form and it would have multiple trunks.
Can this be used for privacy? How long does it take to reach its mature height?
Nathan B on Oct 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use them for privacy. They can grow 1-2 feet per year.
Will the Chinese snowball withstand dog urine?
Michele K on Aug 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Chinese snowball bush is urine tolerant.
My snowball tree is 50years old we cut it down to about 4 ft and feed it this year. the bush looks grest but no flowers . What going on with the tree ? Will the tree bloom again?
Susan L on Aug 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will bloom again. Trim viburnums right after they bloom because the new blossoms form right before winter.
good for new jersey?
Anthony Z on Aug 9, 2015
Yes it would be fine it's zoned 3-8. I believe your zone 7
Can this plant grow well in a large pot?
Melly on Jan 9, 2019

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