Common Snowball Viburnum

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Huge, Eye Catching Flowers Common Snowball Viburnum

  • Massive Spring Flower Display
  • Amazing Red-Purple Fall Color
  • Hardy

If you want to make a stylish impact but need to keep things easy care - take a really good look at Common Snowball Viburnum, (Viburnum opulus 'Roseum', syn. Viburnum opulus 'Sterile'). Frankly, it's hard not to look at this ornamental flowering shrub.

This variety has been a garden favorite for centuries. An incredible flower display of huge, rounded, sterile flower clusters are produced on the end of each branch in late spring.

The flowers really do resemble snowballs. Kids just love this shrub!

If you didn't know better, you might think you were looking at an Annabelle Hydrangea. But this Viburnum shrub grows much taller and wider. It's truly a show stopper every single year when they bloom.

That's why we regularly sell out of this plant. People see them around their town, and they want one in their yard. If we have some in stock, please order today so you don't miss out on these beautiful, giant, spherical clusters of white and green-tinted blossoms.

The blooms appear in masses in May or June, depending upon where it is grown. Some of the pristine blooms will even take on a pink cast as those flower clusters age.

Dark green, shiny maple-like leaves act as a perfect backdrop to the massive flower displays. In autumn, those green leaves turn purplish and red and are a welcome fall color.

This amazing Snowball bush Viburnum is ready to dazzle you, your family and friends. Order today!

How to Use Common Snowball Viburnum in the Landscape

Snowball Viburnum is a robust shrub and will need space in the landscape. Read the Plant Highlights to see the mature height and spread. Then, be sure to give it enough room.

Remember, plants grow out from either side of their roots. Plant it in the middle of your allotted space, and it will fill in the space on all sides. Plan for the largest listed size.

When planting large shrubs like this, it's a good idea to give yourself a few extra feet of space between houses and fences. Start your measurements 2 feet away from any structure. After all, you'll want to be able to access the structures without any trouble once the shrub is fully mature.

By giving it enough room, you'll also eliminate the headache of pruning for size control. And, you won't want to miss a single bloom! They make fantastic cut flowers and will give you armloads of blooms for cutting - so many you could never use them.

This makes a beautiful screening plant or natural hedge along a fence. Leave them un-pruned in their natural form. Plant them 9 feet apart (measuring from the middle of one, to the middle of the next one) if you'd like them to grow together into a continuous screen.

Try several of them along your patio for an easy-breezy privacy screen. It's very hardy, and once established, will thrive with minimal care.

They'll look wonderful in spring, dripping heavy with flowers. Next, they become a well-behaved backdrop to your mixed shrub and perennial border until they steal center stage again with their fall color display.

These are also magnificent shrubs to use near the corner of a house in a modern mixed foundation planting. Or, use one in the front yard as the centerpiece of an island garden bed in the lawn. It will definitely attract attention!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Common Snowball Viburnum tolerates full sun and part shade. It thrives in a wide range of soil conditions.

In dry periods, give it additional moisture. Viburnums appreciate having a few inches of mulch over the roots but be careful not to pile any mulch up against the stems of the plants.

As the plants develop and age, they are best maintained by renewal pruning. After the spring blooms, remove the oldest, thickest, stems cutting them off at ground level. This lets the younger, thinner stems to remain and produce the new flowers. Renewal pruning allows the plants to look natural and they will flower on all of the branch tips.

If you prune back the tops of the branches to control size, always wait until the flowers are done blooming before cutting. The flower buds are borne on the previous year's growth.

Common Snowball Viburnum is one of those "gotta have" bloom making machine shrubs. It's just as popular today as it has been for past generations. Enjoy it and order yours 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.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#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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Common Snowball Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White Snowball
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly No