- USDA Zone 6-9
- Height: 10 to 15 feet
- Width: 10 to 15 feet
- Part shade to full sun
Chinese Snowball Viburnum, Viburnum macrocephalum, is a beautiful shrub with hydrangea-like flowers to include in your landscape. With a rounded form and a semi-evergreen nature, this shrub blooms in the late spring with large, 8-inch white flowers. They start out with a light green tint, but develop into elegant, snowball-sized flowers. During the other seasons, this shrub has simple green leaves that make it a great backdrop for other plants in the landscape. These are large shrubs that can grow up to 15 feet tall and wide.
The Chinese Snowball Viburnum is native to China, but does excellent in growing zones 6 to 9. These shrubs are great in mass plantings to create backgrounds, borders or hedges. The dark leaves are semi-evergreen in southern regions. Which means that some of the leaves fall off, but some of the foliage is there all year. The flowers are the size of softballs, and the bushes are often covered in the flowers from April through May (depending on where you live).
Chinese Snowball Viburnum Care
Plant this viburnum in moist, well-drained soil. If the soil doesn't drain well, you can notice by looking at the base of the plant after a good rain. If there are puddles, that is a good indication that you should add more dirt around the shrub creating a mound. This should help. We also recommend adding mulch to the base of the plant to help retain moisture and protect the roots during periods of harsh weather. Prevent the shrub from being exposed to cold, drying winds in the winter.
Fertilizing is not required and this plant does not need heavy feeding. Too much fertilizer can harm the plant and promote rotting. If you do choose to fertilize the plant, use a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer designed for woody material. Apply during early spring.
These plants do not produce seeds which means they are a non-invasive plant that is botanically sterile. This also means the plants do not produce fruit like other viburnums will. The flowers are more for show, as they do not have a fragrance to them. The plants are not toxic to pets or humans according to the ASPCA website. However, a mild stomach ache could occur if humans consume any part of the plant.
Pruning Chinese Snowball Viburnum
Be sure to prune after the flowers have died in the early summer. Do this every 3 to 5 years to rejuvenate the plant. Remove the oldest and fattest stems all the way to the ground, which will allow the younger stems to produce the best looking flowers. You can also do light trimming on the plant every year, by lightly shaping the plant and removing any dead branches. Pinch or deadhead spent blooms to help promote new growth.
Chinese Snowball Viburnum Spacing
For an informal hedge or mass planting, space this shrub out at least 18 feet on-center. For a more formal, dense hedge, plant shrubs 12 to 15 feet center-to-center. These require very large garden planters if you choose to grow these in a container, but it can be done if there is good drainage and enough room for the plant to grow.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.