The Q&A Archives: care for my viburnum opulus

Question: Hi...I have an opulus that I planted in the spring...partial sun. All it has right now are some tiny red buds, otherwise it's woody and small. What can I do to kick some life into it...give it a good growing start for the spring?

Answer: Viburnum opulus, also called snowball bush, is a deciduous shrub. In spring it will leaf out and then bloom. After blooming is finished you can prune each stem back a few inches to encourage the development of new shoots, which will bloom the following spring. Once established your viburnum won't need annual fertilizing, but you may fertilize lightly in the spring while it's still young. I think your snowball bush is exhibiting normal behavior. Once the roots are well established, the plant should grow at a moderately fast rate. Enjoy the spring blooms!

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