Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Fragrant Snowball Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum x carlcephalum Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Zone: 5
  • Plant Size: 8-10'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Vase
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to light shade.

  • Notes:

    The spring flowers are similar to Korean spice viburnum in fragrance, but are considerably larger. This plant becomes leggy and open in habit, and except for the flowers offers little in landscape interest. It is a hybrid between the Korean spice viburnum and an evergreen species, the Chinese snowball viburnum (V. macrocephalum).

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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