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Chinese Snowball Viburnum

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About Chinese Snowball Viburnum

The Chinese Snowball Viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum) steals the show in almost any landscape! Mophead, hydrangea-like blooms emerge at the end of spring, spanning around 6-8 in. across. Initially, these blooms are a chartreuse green before maturing to the gorgeous crisp white that is characteristic of this variety. These blooms will coat nearly the entire shrub, creating a truly spectacular display in your yard. Each year will produce a more impressive floral show than the previous as this shrub reaches its full-size potential, which is 6-10′ H x 6-10′ W!

Light green leaves emerge from sturdy branches in spring before maturing to an attractive dark green. Gardeners in warm zones where this shrub proves evergreen will appreciate the reliable winter color.

Unlike other Viburnums, this variety is sterile and will not produce fruit. Furthermore, the Chinese Snowball’s blooms are not fragrant, a negative for some gardeners while a positive for others.

Additionally, birds will appreciate the rigid branches of the Chinese Snowball for nesting and shelter purposes.

*The Chinese Snowball Viburnum is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

Chinese Snowball Viburnum Care

Hardy in USDA Zones 6-9. The Chinese Snowball is deciduous in particularly cold climates and evergreen to semi-evergreen in all warmer zones.

This Viburnum grows best when planted in Full Sun to Part Shade, and in slightly acidic, well-draining garden soil. Southern regions in the U.S. have greater success with this variety when it is shielded from afternoon sun. However, too much shade will result in less impressive bloom cycles.

For the first growing season, water 2-3 times per week in average weather conditions (3-4 times per week during dry/hot weather). This will help it to establish deep root systems. Afterward, supplemental watering is rarely needed.

Fertilize the Chinese Snowball Viburnum in early spring with a slow-release balanced fertilizer. Alternatively, use an acidic organic fertilizer once every couple months during the growing season.

How To Plant:

  1. First, determine your planting location(s) for your Chinese Snowball Viburnum based on the planting requirements listed above.
  2. Then, dig a hole that’s about three times the width of your plant’s rootball.
    • The hole needs to be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with or slightly above the ground.
  3. Mix your native soil with a bag or two of rich garden soil or composted manure to provide additional nutrients for your growing plant.
    • If your soil is clay-rich, we recommend mixing pine bark in with your native soil at a ratio of about 1:1. This helps to improve the drainage and breathability around the plant’s roots.
  4. Fill the hole back in around your plant with your soil mixture.
    • Afterward, we recommend applying 3-4 inches of wood mulch around the base of your plant to help it retain moisture.
  5. Soak your new planting to settle the soil and hydrate your plant.
  6. This is a good time to fertilize your new plant as well. If planting in spring or early fall, use a balanced slow-release fertilizer. If you’re planting in summer or mid-fall, we recommend a rooting fertilizer.

Here are some additional planting tips for acid-loving plants.

Spacing Recommendations for the Chinese Snowball Viburnum

For a seamless planting, plant your Chinese Snowball Viburnum 4-6 feet apart. Space them 8-10+ feet for gaps between plants.

Popular Companion Plants

  • Putting together a white-blooming garden? Consider planting the Chinese Snowball as a taller element in a garden, with the Star Jasmine as either a groundcover or climbing vine, the Jubilation Gardenia as a medium-height summer-blooming element, and the Autumn Ivory Encore Azalea as a reblooming low-growing shrub.
  • Plant shade-tolerant grasses around the base of your plant to create additional color and texture interest. We recommend Sedge grasses such as the Everillo Carex or Everest Carex.
  • Mix them in with some tall pyramidal evergreens for a strikingly elegant color, texture, and shape contrast. We recommend Juniper Trees or Arborvitae Trees.

Frequently Asked Questions:

“Is the Chinese Snowball sterile? Will it produce berries?”

This cultivar is, in fact, sterile. Therefore, it will not produce berries like other varieties in the species.

“Is it Deer-Resistant?”

Sort of. Deer don’t particularly enjoy the taste of this plant. However, they aren’t deer-proof, as they may nibble at them if they’re particularly hungry.

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Scientific Name
Viburnum macrocephalum 'Sterile'
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Average Size
6-10' H x 6-10' W
Bloom Season
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17 reviews for Chinese Snowball Viburnum

  1. Wolfgang (verified owner)

    FedEx did not treat this plant kindly. They beat it up. Half the soil was out of the pot along with some roots because the draw string on the plastic bag around it was untied. Quite a few branches were broken and I had to cut the plant back about six inches. It’ll live but it really sets things back a bit.

  2. WmJL (verified owner)

    The Chinese snowball viburnum arrived with some sad looking leaves, which is likely from the plant going into or coming out of dormancy. It arrived in a well packaged box and I have been giving it the best attention that I can. There are signs of expected life on the leaf nodes and I hope to get it planted in the coming weeks.

  3. Eugene Tredway (verified owner)

    Good condition and quick shipping

  4. Mary Quinton (verified owner)

    Super healthy looking plants and packaging for shipment was superb.

  5. Joann (verified owner)

    Beautiful plants arrived in perfect condition

  6. joann (verified owner)

    Expertly packaged and very healthy plant

  7. Minerva jernigan (verified owner)

    I was very happy when I found one of my favorite trees or small shrub for purchase I was not very happy with the way it was handled by the carrier the plant had lost a lot of soil.

  8. garciapaula677201 (verified owner)

    This was my first purchase from PBM and I’ve many many purchases since. Specimens came well packaged and in excellent condition. They stayed in their nursery cans for several months before sinking in the garden and look great. Highly recommend.

  9. hippygardener (verified owner)

    I am so happy with my purchase. This plant arrived in beautiful packaging and condition! It’s living in the pot it came in for now, until I can get the garden bed ready for it and it’s as happy as can be still. Highly recommmend!

  10. Christie B (verified owner)

    Very happy with size and health of this plant. Great quality as usual!

  11. Laura Railton (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in perfect condition! It is beautiful and full of green leaves!

  12. rmethvin (verified owner)

    Healthy, healthy, healthy plants! Excited to see these with a few months growth. Excellent product from PBM as usual.

  13. Mary (verified owner)

    Plant came in great shape. Packaged well and delivered quickly. Love Plants By Mail!

  14. fulmerwillis (verified owner)

    A healthy, happy plant from day one. Excellent color and strong structure. Already looking forward to those big blooms.

  15. Rona Block (verified owner)

    This was my first time getting a plant by mail. The plant I received was strong and despite being planted in the dead of summer in zone 8a has thrived with no wilt at all. Lots of watering on my part, and plant still looks beautiful!

  16. SANDRA BRYANT (verified owner)

    it came in excellent shape seems to be thriving. thanks so much

  17. Carolyn Imboden (verified owner)

    Quick shipping. Plant was large and in wonderful condition.

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