Snowball tree

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' (syn. Sterile)

Snowball tree - Viburnum opulus  'Roseum'  (syn. Sterile)

Common Name: Snowball tree
Genus: Viburnum
Species: opulus
Cultivar: 'Roseum' (syn. Sterile)

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has colourful autumn foliage
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 5.00 m (500 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 5.00 m (500 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Green, PurpleFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

In May and June the branches of this vigorous deciduous shrub are smothered with large snowball-like clusters of white or green-tinted white flowers - hence its common name. With maple-like fresh green leaves that become purple-tinted in autumn it's an excellent ornamental plant for a sunny shrub or mixed border with fertile, moist well-drained soil.

  • Garden care: After flowering prune established specimens, removing up to one in five of the oldest and weakest branches to the base. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
  • Goes well with: Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten', Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, Dryopteris filix-mas, Polygonatum odoratum, Astrantia major alba, Rosa rugosa var. alba.

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