Chinese snowball viburnum

Viburnum macrocephalum

Photo/Illustration: 
Erica Glasener
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Chinese snowball viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum)
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Genus:  Viburnum
This semi-evergreen or evergreen shrub has a rounded form. In late spring, it bears flower clusters—sometimes up to 8 inches wide—that start out chartreuse and turn pure white. Dark green leaves are semi-evergreen in southern states, where it can grow to 20 feet high and 15 feet wide.
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil. Shelter from cold, drying winds.
Propagation:  Take greenwood cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Viburnum beetle, gray mold (Botrytis), rust, downy mildew, powdery mildew, wood rot, Verticillium wilt, leaf spots, and dieback. Aphids, scale insects, weevils, Japanese beetles, mealybugs, and tree hoppers.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Spring
Flower Color
Green Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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