Chinese Snowball Viburnum
Chinese Snowball Viburnum Spring's Best Flowering Shrub!
- Outstanding Showy, Hydrangea-like Blooms
- Large Scale Plants are Excellent for Hedges and Screening
- Great as a Background Shrub for Borders or Beds
- Dark Green Leaves are Semi-Evergreen in Southern Regions
- Easy to Grow in Full Sun or Part Shade
- Sterile Plants Don't Produce Seed
If Hydrangeas are the queen of summer flowering shrubs, then Chinese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile', sometimes mistaken as Viburnum macrocephalum Chinese') has spring all wrapped up! This is the shrub for the savvy spring gardener.
Large and in charge, you only need one of these beauties to make a statement. (But why not make a grand statement? Order more than one!)
Chinese Snowball is covered in blooms the size of softballs that start out lime green and then open to glistening white. These incredible round white flowers can be up to 8 inches across!
Don't underestimate the value of Chinese Snowball in your cutting garden either. In that hazy time between the flush of tulips and daffodils and the onset of summer color, Chinese Snowball will give you grand cuts for big vases.
From April through May (depending on where you live) you will have armloads of blooms to enjoy in the garden or in the vase. Don't forget to cut them early and cut them often to enjoy them while they are in season.
These big, showy shrubs are easy to grow and offer big screening and put on quite a show. This easy care shrub is very rewarding. We are happy to offer the Chinese Snowball Viburnum for sale. Buy yours today!
How to Use Chinese Snowball Viburnum in the Landscape
Carve out private areas in your landscape using several of these planted in a short hedge. For a solid screen in a hurry, plant them 3 - 4 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next plant.
If you have a bit more time on your hands, or want a looser, less dense hedge, just increase the spacing to 5 - 6 feet apart. Again, you'll measure between the center of each plant.
Why not create a Secret Garden using several as living walls of green leaves? You'll love the look in spring as they'll be wallpapered with those super showy spring blooms. Imagine the dinner parties in a private outdoor dining area, or cozy conversation area.
Even though the flowers are the real show, once they are gone the dense, rounded shrub is a bushy background filler that will make your summer flowering plants really pop.
Line the north side of your pool deck with this easy care, living privacy fence. It's a perfect backdrop for container gardens filled with tropical treats or breezy Ornamental Grasses.
Chinese Snowball Viburnum grows to a larger size in the southern regions of its growing region. In mild winters, the plants may be evergreen or semi-evergreen and hold on to their leaves in winter. In these areas, these plants make nice sized screening plants and excellent hedges.
Stagger a double row of these across the back of your mixed border to tie the whole design together. Or, use them as a really beautiful way to extend the height of your hardscaped fence.
In their northern limits of their hardiness zones, the plants will stay a bit smaller, but don't worry! The flower production is not reduced at all. Massive flower displays on this plant makes it highly desirable for individual specimen plants, or excellent shorter hedges.
#ProPlantTips for Care
These beautiful shrubs require well drained soil for best performance. If you see puddles that last and last after a rainfall in your preferred planting area, try mounding up. Add 18 - 24 inches of soil in a mound or raised bed, then plant directly into the mound.
Pruning Chinese Snowball Viburnum is easy. Once a year as soon as the flowering is done, give it a quick trim to remove the dead wood and shape it up.
Be sure to prune after the blooms are done, so you don't sacrifice any of those beautiful flowers. Every 3 - 5 years, rejuvenate the shrub by removing the oldest, fattest stems all the way down to the ground. This allows the younger, thinner stems in to produce the very best blooms.
Do not confuse this warmer region Chinese Snowball Viburnums with the colder region European Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum opulus Roseum') which is used in the colder hardiness zones.
Because this is a sterile Chinese Snowball Viburnum, you won't have the fruit that Viburnums usually produce. The flowers are unscented, so won't compete with other fragrant plants that bloom around the same time. Because they are sterile, the plants do not make any fruits or seeds.
Enjoy this wonderful plant! The sooner you order, the sooner you'll get started making memories for yourself, family and friends. Order today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'|
|Mature Height||6 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 10 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|