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Viburnum macrocephalum

Chinese snowball

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White, Green





Skill level


Viburnum macrocephalum

Plant details

The Chinese snowball, Viburnum macrocephalum, is a hardy, vigorous shrub ideal for growing in a woodland garden or a large shrub border. It bears large blousy flowers, similar to hydrangea blooms, in late spring. These start off green but gradually turn the purest white. Viburnum macrocephalum is a deciduous plant with elegant oval leaves that colour well in autumn. It will grow in most soils in full sun or light shade.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Viburnum

Species: macrocephalum

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White, Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: June to September

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