Varieties Of Snowball Viburnum Shrubs
If you have ever seen a Snowball Viburnum shrub in full bloom, I am almost sure you would love to have one such plant in your yard. They are such beautiful shrubs which can make any garden truly beautiful.
Snowball Viburnums shrubs produce clusters of beautiful white flowers that just resemble actual snowballs. They are either the Chinese Snowball bushes or cultivars of other viburnum species that belong to the family of Adoxaceae.
These shrubs have large white flower balls or clusters that comprises beautiful small white and flaky flowers.
It is actually very common to get confused between the varieties within the snowball viburnum plants, and sometimes they can also be confused with hydrangea flowers since the flowers appear to be too similar if you look from a distance.
There are varieties within the Snowball Viburnum bushes, namely the Chinese snowball viburnums, the European snowball viburnums and the Japanese Snowball Viburnums.
They all produce clusters of small white flowers which look like cute snow balls.
Snowball bushes are hardy enough to survive winters even though the leaves will fall off during the winter season. New growths will appear in the branches during early spring and flowering happens throughout the spring season.
It is apparent that there have been new cultivars within the Snowball Viburnum shrubs, but here you can read about the most popular ones.
Chinese Snowball Viburnums or Viburnum Macrocephalums
These are shrubs that can reach about 10 to 20 feet in height and they can produce flower clusters of 4 to 8 inch diameters all through the spring season.
You can easily grow them in US zones 5 through 7. The blooms can be expected in April and when the flowers emerge they appear to be in light green colour which gradually turns to pure white.
Once the shrubs are established and started blooming, you can see a fully bloomed plant in your yard every spring!
The picture you see above is that of a Chinese Snowball Viburnum bush in full bloom.
The original Chinese snowball viburnums produce showy fruits once the flowers are over, but today there are also cultivars that produce sterile flowers.
Japanese Snowball Viburnum Bushes or Cultivars Of Viburnum Plicatums
Another variety within the snowball viburnums, they too are suitable to be in grown in U S zones of 5 through 7. They are usually smaller shrubs than the Chinese viburnums,as their maximum height can be only about 15 feet.
Japanese snowball bushes are actually popular cultivars of Viburnum Plicatums, which originally produced small white flowers in flat corymbs with a yellow clustered centre. The flowers of the cultivar are sterile, and so they do not produce any fruits.
Japanese snowball viburnums usually bloom during the month of May and the flowers, that turn from light green colour to pure white, are little smaller than the Chinese snowballs. But if you have a smaller garden, they are more suitable for planting as they have smaller sized shrubs that blooms fully during the spring.
The first image shown below is that of a Viburnum Plicatum plant with flowers, and the second image shows the Japanese Snowball Viburnum shrubs which are cultivars of Viburnum Plicatum.
European Snowball Viburnum Bushes or Viburnum Opulus Roseum
The European snowball bushes are also known as the common snowball viburnum bushes, and the scientific name for the plants that produce snowballs like white flower clusters is Viburnum Opulus Roseum. This is a popular cultivar of the Viburnum Opulus plants.
They can be grown in U.S zones 3 through 8 and they usually reach a height of about 12 feet.
Even though the real viburnum opulus plants produce red berries, this cultivar is sterile and so the flowers produce no fruits. These flowers are particularly suitable for flower arrangements.
Have you ever seen Snowball Viburnum plants and flowers?
Growing and Caring for the Snowball Viburnum bushes is easy!
It is very easy to grow and care for the snowball bushes, if you plant them in the appropriate U.S hardiness zones as mentioned above. Choose a healthy new plant from the market, or you can also try growing from stem cuttings that are about 4 to 6 inches in length.
You can plant them in well drained soil, just make sure to choose a place in your garden where the bushes can spread the branches easily and also where the bushes get direct sunlight or at least partial sunlight to help produce maximum blooms.
Regular watering is needed till the plant is well established.
Pruning or mulching is not necessary, but you can do if you wish to. In fact, mulching can protect the roots in winter. Pruning is needed only if there is any damage to the branches.
Snowball bushes are believed to be rarely affected by any disease, so you don't have to worry much once they are grown.
The snowball bushes produce flowers only during the spring season. But the leaves colour change from green to yellow and then orange and red in fall season, which make them truly beautiful during the fall time too!