Viburnum Macrocephalum

The Viburnum (aka snowball) is an old-fashioned shrub known for its many beautiful clusters of white snowball-shaped flowers. Can’t get enough of the beautiful snowball bush?

Viburnum Flowers

You can easily accommodate your desires as 7 different viburnum shrubs[1] are called snowball bushes. The European snowball bush, also called Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’, is possibly among the most common.

Chinese Snowball Shrub

Other favorites are the Japanese viburnum, often listed as Viburnum plicatum, and the fragrant viburnum (Viburnum carlcephalum). The Chinese snowball shrub (Viburnum macrocephalum) is also a classic, as is the large-flowered snowball shrub (Viburnum plicatum ‘Grandiflorum’).

Viburnum Carlcephalum

In spring, the European snowball bush flowers and opens clusters of flowers 3 inches wide. The flowers start out apple green and age to white. It is among the oldest viburnums ever recorded, dating back to the 16th century when it was known as “rose sambucus“.

Viburnum Plicatum

Suggested Reading: Flower Species

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Key References
  • [1]“Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Tree, Chinese Snowball Viburnum) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox”. Accessed April 26, 2022. Link.


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