Native to North America, South East Asia and South America, the snowball bush is a garden show stopper.  Massive balls of white florets, or wide flat bracts of petals each species requires different care and will offer different benefits in return.  Some plants are fragrant while others offer fall interest with red, yellow, blue, or black ornamental fall fruit. Different varieties have may have different growth habits.

Snowballs bloom on old wood so to ensure successful blooming next season make sure to prune after flowering.


Viburnum opulus

  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Fertile, moist, well draining
  • Height: 4-15′
  • Width: 5-12′
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Summer
  • Bloom Colour: White
  • Foliage Colour: Green; red/yellow leaves, red purple berries in Fall
  • Pests and Disease: Aphids, nematodes
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, hedges
  • Special Features: Fragrant, Fall colour, Winter interest, cut flowers, attracts birds and butterflies, drought tolerant
  • Zone: 3-9

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