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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
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breathe while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 10ft. x 20ft. size makes it easy to protect rows of plants all Winter long.


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

4.4 / 5.0
24 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 FGT.com!! 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 2 years ago
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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
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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
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago
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
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago
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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
1 year ago
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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
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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

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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Why did you choose this?
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saw one in warm springs, ga - beautiful
arnold j on Feb 18, 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
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 yard.it 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 always wanted one
Adelaide B on Jan 9, 2017
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
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.
Why do you not recommend the snowball for zone 10? and could the roots possibly damage a concrete deck if planted as a screening shrub?
Veezie on Jun 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Snowball Bush needs a dormancy period and cold temperatures to maintain its life cycle, and wil prosper in zones 3-8. I am sorry, but your zone 10 location will not afford it the cold it needs. There are a number of flowering bushes that will do well in zone 10. Check out our web site for one of the Knock Out Roses or one of the taller Encore Azaleas for screening shrubs. If planted 3-4 feet from the edge of your paved area, roots should be no problem.
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.
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 it best planted in sunlight or can it take shade location?
Les B on Aug 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: In our area the heat can be extreme for the plant. We chose partial shade and shade for our bushes. The ones in Partial shade are doing much better than the ones in full shade. Shade tends to be more moist and a tendency to spots on the leaves. We plan to transplant all in the fall to partial shade.
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: I bought one at about the same time last year and didn't even give it a thought to wait until fall to plant it. Our snowball bush, planted last May is doing fine. I'd say that planting now is ok.
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 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: Mine gets morning and afternoon sun. I think if it got just one or the other it would do just fine. I live in the deep south and the sun and heat can be intense.
I planted my snowball bush where it gets full sun lite. I am located in Michigan and we have had 70 to 82 degrees and watering daily. Some of the blooms are turning brown what to do about that?
Kathy W on Jun 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The first year blooms aren't usually beautiful. If they are turning brown, the plant might be getting too much water. If you planted it in March, you need to water only 2x a week. Check to see if you haven't gotten a fungus. Look under the leaves and check for bugs. I hope this helps.
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: Hey, you might wanna use plastic bags to protect them, I didn't use any protection in the winter, all leaves were gone, it looked dead, at least I thought they were dead, but, they are growing leaves now. however, I live in redding california, it's pretty warm here even in winter, you might wanna protect them especially they are growing leaves and buds....
Is the Snowball bush good in full shade?
Fred M on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine thrived the best in full sun. I ordered one of these because we had one at our old house. I'm sure partial shade would not hurt it too much....but sunnier the better!!

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.
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.
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
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

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