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Japanese Snowball Viburnum

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A strikingly beautiful shrub with showy ball-shaped clusters of white flowers in spring, does not produce fruit, a large shrub with an attractively arching branching habit and good fall color; makes a choice specimen or massed where there is room

Characteristics

Species:
plicatum
Average Landscape Height:
12 feet
Average Landscape Width:
12 feet
Genus:
Viburnum
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
brick red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Japanese Snowball Viburnum features showy balls of white flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The serrated pointy leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Snowball Viburnum is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Japanese Snowball Viburnum will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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