The Snowball Viburnum features showy balls of white flowers in late spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season turning an outstanding deep purple in the fall. This shrub does not produce fruit. The smooth gray bark and gold branches add an interesting dimension to the winter landscape.
This plant is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
The Snowball Viburnum will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Does not attract either birds or deer.
Snowball Viburnum will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade but the sunnier the location, the more spectacular the floral show. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.