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Snowball Bush

Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'


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-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.

Course 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.

Soil Contents
-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
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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.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


8-10 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

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27 Reviews
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I live in Central Texas so it's hard to find a flower plant that will survive the extreme summer heat. Last summer it was 100 to 110 degrees here for 3 months.
I loved the look of this bush and wanted to give it a try so I ordered 2 of them.
When the plants arrived, they were blooming in the box!!! Even the FEDEX driver said it was a pleasure bringing it to me because his truck smelled so good. The fragrance was THAT amazing!
I planted these directly in the ground and watered every day. As winter came, I honestly did nothing more then give them a little water every few weeks. The leaves stayed on the plant but obviously the flowers fell off as any would in the winter. They are still pretty bushes due to the leaves.
2 weeks ago the temperature started staying in the 60's so I got all my gardening tools and such ready. I started watering them, and now...2 weeks later..I have HUGE blooms popping out ALL over these bushes! And I mean huge. Some of these are bigger then a Hydrangea...and I have 2 of them. They are a vivid green color and just look so pretty. Soon the blooms will flower and I'm going to have TONS of green flowers that will turn to a cream color and then turn to white.
The best parts of this bush is this....
1. This bush really is super easy to care for. I haven't had to prune them. These grow fairly fast. When I got mine, they were about 3 foot tall and 2 foot wide...but since planting them , they are now 5 foot tall and 3 foot wide...and it's only been 4 months. I water them once or twice a week...and depending on the temperature this summer, I'll water more. I've given it some fish fertilizer I got from Home Depot that has worked veey well for all of y plants/trees.
2. The flowers are ginormous! Truly...last year my flowers were in clusters of about 8 inches. There are LOTS of flowers in each cluster, and lots of clusters. I worried the plant would "fall" due to the weight of each cluster, but it stood strong.
3. The scent is AMAZING. You can smell these standing many feet away from the bush. I have so many butterflies it's ridiculous.
All in all a gorgeous plant with stunning flowers that requires minimal care and grows fairly fast. You can't go wrong!! I may even get more of these!
Great job!! LOVE this bush!
March 27, 2015
Copperas Cove, TX
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Love this bush
Ordered this in the Fall 2014 and planted it. The winter in NC was cold and I was worried the Snowball Bush would not make it but it looks awesome and already blooming.
May 19, 2015
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
Amazing growth
I ordered these shrubs early last summer. I spent a lot of time and energy giving them a "$100 hole for a $10 plant". This spring and summer I watered them regularly. The results have been well worth the effort. Today in Sherman CT they stand 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. This is the first time I have written a review. In this case I can hardly wait until next year to watch it mature and thrive!
November 14, 2015
Sherman, AL
Plant was healthy when it arrived, and well-packed for shipping. However, it was much smaller and younger than one would reasonably expect. For the price, one would reasonably expect a 2 to 3 foot tree. This was barely a foot. So small I doubt it will flower next year.
September 12, 2015
over 2 years ago
Beautiful Snowball Bush with Bloom
I was excited to receive my Snowball Bush with a bloom. This company knows how to ship properly without hurting the plant. It was the size I thought. I live in Central FL and the heat has been brutal. it is growing nicely and reblooming. It is having a little trouble with the heat. The leaves are slightly curled, but not brown, dead, or wilted. I imagine it is getting used to the extreme heat in it's first year. It would probably do better in a zone 8 or less. I knew this but I wanted one since I had it as a kid in NJ. Great bush!!!!
July 25, 2015
The Villages, FL
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
I'm still not sure...
I have had my snowball bushes for about 2 months now. They were beautiful when they arrived, and quite a bit larger than I expected. I put them in the ground (with amendments), and immediately after that we had 3 days of high winds -- before they even had a chance to get their "feet" under them. Their leaves drooped, but they started putting out new healthy leaves very quickly. In early July it started raining -- lots. So far we have had over 5" of rain this month. The new leaves started curling, but some of them still look good. I live in west-central NM at 7600 feet, and we get lots of rain in Jul, Aug, and Sep. I ordered these plants for their cold hardiness, but between the clay, wind, and rain they may still not make it. But they are certainly trying!
July 28, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Too soon to know
I planted 13 of them in my RV Resort. After 2 weeks, they didn't look to good, and when I checked with a nursery. They told me in my area {South West} they couldn't take full sun. So, we put lattice on the west side and they perked up.
September 4, 2015
Mancos, CO
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
So Far So Good
I ordered this plant in the spring and it arrived with white blooms already on it. Shortly after planting it, the blooms all died and some of the smaller branches died off. However it seems to be acclimating now and looks strong. I hope it blooms again next year!
July 27, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Great purchase
My snowball bush is doing well. After blooming, it has started to grow a bit, and is surviving 95 degree days this summer.
July 25, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Good for Oklahoma
Not only is it hardy, but seems to be tolerating the heat of Oklahoma.
July 24, 2015
over 2 years ago
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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
In hopes to replace a beautiful plant we had on north side of house
Vicki H on Jan 12, 2018
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
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
My Granny had one in her yard and I have always wanted one!
Cheryl H on Apr 3, 2016
Interested in having fragrant bush & love honeysuckle!
Denise D on Mar 31, 2016
Viburnum lasts several weeks as a cut flower...even stays white and fresh if plucked from the flower to float in a bowl or string into a lei.
Robin A on Mar 31, 2016
I like the description and information supplied by Fast Growing Trees also the reviews by other people who are happy with the plant. I am looking forward to receiving the plants and watching them grow!!
Lisa W on Mar 30, 2016
My grandfather grew them.
Patricia O on Mar 28, 2016
My grandmother had them in her yard always looked nice
Warren f on Mar 4, 2016
The 'white' for the red, white, and blue...
Nancy R on Jan 19, 2016
Has always reminded me of my Grandfather. It will also provide a memorial space in our yard for our little white yorkie Minny. She was a sweet fluffy white ball and these bushes have gorgeous white flowers. I've wanted these bushes for as long as I can remember. Happy to be finally planting some in our yard!
Melissa S on Oct 28, 2015
Old family favorite. Reminds my wife of her grandma.
John B on Oct 16, 2015
Fun, pretty, easy to grow and cut flowers! What's not to love!
Elizabeth G on Aug 23, 2015
I love the flowers on snowball bushes. Mine are doing great
Carol K on Aug 20, 2015
I love this plant.
Lucy C on Dec 28, 2017
Want a showy contrast to surroundings in my yard.
Joe H on Dec 3, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
.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.
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.
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: It will need at least 4 hours of sunlight.
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
Will this grow if we transplant it from WI to AZ?
apecor on Nov 11, 2017
Watertown mass which zone it's ?
Manny on Aug 13, 2017
When is best time to trim a snowball bush?
Donna C on Jul 25, 2017

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