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Interesting Facts

The flowers are sometimes fragrant. The fruits are toxic and can cause stomach discomfort upon consumption. Deciduous species color nicely in fall.

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Japanese Snowball Viburnum   (Viburnum plicatum)

Shrubs or small trees native to the temperate northern hemisphere with showy flowers and nice fall color.

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Plant Types: Perennial, Shrub
Light: Partial Shade to Partial Sun
Height: 10 feet to 15 feet
Width: 15 feet to 25 feet
Zones: 6a to 8b
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Deer resistant, Not North American native
Shape: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Propagate from the seed in fall. Sow in containers in a cold frame or in a seedbed. Can also propagate deciduous plants from greenwood cuttings, and evergreens from semi-ripe cuttings, in summer.

Plant Growth:

Evergreen, semi-evergreen, and deciduous shrubs and some trees. Viburnums do well in sun or part shade. Height varies depending on variety, but one species will grow to approx. 30 ft. tall. Viburnum works well in shrub border or woodland garden. Plants attract wildlife.


Blooms tubular flowers followed by ovoid red, blue, or black fruits. Some species produced flowers with fertile central flowers surrounded by sterile ray florets. Many are self incompatible. Fruiting is best when several seedlings of the same species are planted together, allowing cross pollination to occur.

Soil and Irrigation:

Most Viburnum species require regular irrigation and will tolerate alkaline and acidic soils.


For evergreens, remove crossing or wayward shoots, annually, in late winter or early spring, to maintain a healthy framework. For deciduous plants, shoots should be trimmed after the flowering period. Remove dead/damaged plant parts in midspring. Most species tolerate rigorous pruning.


Aphids, weevils, Japanese beetles, tree hoppers, scale insects, and mealybugs. Viburnum is also prone to powdery mildew, downy mildew, rust, wood rot, and gray mold.