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Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'/Chinese Snowball

Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile' / Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'
An entrance drive mass planting in Natchez, MS
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An entrance drive mass planting in Natchez, MS

Early green stage of floral development

Large balls of white flowers

Close-up view of a specimen plant in full spring bloom

Large balls of flowers are somewhat similar to hydrangea flowers

A large specimen at the Columbia, SC Botanical Garden in early spring just before heavy bloom

A flowering shrub tucked into a plant border

Closer view of the specimen at the Columbia Botanical Garden

Typical flowering on a large eight to ten foot specimen

This viburnum grows quite tall as seen adjacent to this house

Typical branch of flowers

April flowers in Mississippi

Flower buds just before opening

Flower buds

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Scientific Name: Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'
Common Name: Chinese Snowball
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: This viburnum produces an abundance of large rounded, snowball-like flowers in spring as the foliage begins to emerge. The emerging lime green flowers are especially beautiful before they turn bright white. Plants grow very large over time and become open and leggy in appearance as mature plants. They grow well in full sunlight to rather heavy shade. The striking array of flowers are special features in the spring. This viburnum tolerates a wide range of growing conditions from moist to rather dry soils.