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Chinese snowball viburnum

Viburnum macrocephalum

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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.

CareProvide moist but well-drained soil. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

PropagationTake greenwood cuttings in summer.

ProblemsViburnum 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.

  • Genus : Viburnum
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8, 9
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Flower Color : Green, White
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. rbentrdr 08/02/2014

    Does anyone in Texas (or other hot states) have the Chinese Snowball Viburnum? I'm trying to find out if it can take full sun in our area.

    1. user-7007524 04/18/2015

      I have one in my Austin garden and it's very happy on the northeast side of my house where it receives morning sun and dappled late-afternoon sun. I definitely recommend it.

      1. cyndikellyhopkins 06/08/2016

        Where did you find a snowball viburnum in Austin? I would love to have one in my garden!

        1. user-7007524 06/10/2016

          I actually ordered it online 3-4 years ago, I think on Ebay. It's now about 7 feet tall! And blooms wonderfully every spring. I planted another one last year in eastern exposure that gets a bit more afternoon sun and that one is doing great, too. The flowers were stunning this spring. I really don't know why you never see them in Austin, as they seem to thrive here.

          1. cyndikellyhopkins 06/10/2016

            Thanks so much for your response! I will order one online today! I'm not sure why you cannot find them here!

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