Eastern Snowball Viburnum

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The Eastern Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum opulus 'Sterile') is a hardy, deciduous shrub with mammoth Hydrangea-like mophead blooms! Able to reach fairly large sizes quickly, this impressive shrub will command attention in the landscape! The showy flowers will look great in an arrangement and attract butterflies, but will not set messy fruit.

If the wonderfully green leaves and impressive size aren't enough, just wait for the flowers! Many clusters of large, pure-white snowball-like flowers cover this shrub in late spring. The Eastern Snowball has glossy, bright-green foliage with purplish-reddish overtones showing up in the fall. Seedless/fruitless varieties mean no mess for you!

Hardy throughout chilly USDA growing zones 4 through hot and humid zone 9, these are as adaptable to heat as they are in frigid winters. While sterile, these large-scale shrubs or small trees still offer songbirds and wildlife plenty of nesting cover and shelter, while deer rarely bother with these plants!

Planting and Application:

Use Eastern Snowball as a hedge, in the back of the border or as a screen to hide an eye-sore or block a nosy neighbor's view! Either as property dividing living fences or to create living walls for outdoor garden rooms! Section off nooks and seating areas throughout your yard for seclusion, tranquility, and privacy! Whether in leaf or in bloom you'll love the wallpaper decorations of your new living spaces!

Great as a foundation plant or hedge because Eastern Snowball doesn't mind some pruning! You can even 'limb up' these shrubs to create your very own multi-trunk tree-form specimen! Anchor garden beds, the corner of a garden planting, or leave as dense bushes for wind and noise-blocking banks of greenery all growing season! Live in growing zones 6 - 9? Pair Eastern Snowball with the smaller Chinese Snowball for a mix of small and large shrubs and create a unique mixed-shrub hedge!

  • Huge, White Mophead Blooms
  • Sterile So No Messy Fruit
  • Glossy Green Foliage & Fall Color
  • Great Pollinator, Wildlife & Cut Flower Shrub
  • Landscape Versatility, Hedges, Privacy & Trained into Tree-Form

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This hardy sterile Viburnum selection prefers moist, organic soil and a well-drained site. Full sun to part sun areas of the garden is their favorite and produces the most blooms! If pruning is desired, be sure to prune right after flowering or risk removing some of next year's blossoms.

  • Easy to Grow in Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Most Well-Drained Soils
  • Provide Mulched Beds & Moderate, Regular Water
  • Prune After Flowering To Deadhead & Shape
  • Sterile Plants Don't Produce Seed
  • Deer Don't Prefer The Taste & Juglone Resistant

Choose the highly adaptable Eastern Snowball Viburnum for seedless and fruitless beauty all growing season long! The extended bloom period will certainly have neighbors talking so order a few Snowballs from Nature Hills today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Eastern Snowball Viburnum Produce Fruit?

Eastern Snowball Viburnums are sterile shrubs and do not produce fruit.

Does Eastern Snowball Viburnum Bushes Spread?

The Eastern Snowball Viburnum will produce suckers which can be easily contained by annual pruning if a thicket is not desired.

Do Eastern Snowball Shrubs Lose Their Leaves in Winter?

Eastern Snowball is a deciduous shrub that will drop its leaves each fall.

How tall is the Eastern Snowball Viburnum?

The mature size of the Eastern Snowball in optimal conditions is around 8-12 feet in height and 10-15 feet in width.

Will Eastern Snowball Viburnum grow in the shade?

This Viburnum needs to be planted in full sun and partial shade to achieve the strongest growth, best color, and flowering.

How do you care for a Viburnum Bush?

These are incredibly easy-care shrubs that need a sunny, moderately moist environment. Well-drained enriched soil and mulched beds are preferred.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Viburnum for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Eastern Snowball Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum opulus 'Sterile'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Average
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Red, Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering