The Q&A Archives: Snowball bush winter care

Question: I've planted, late fall, a snowball bush and was wondering how to care for it in the winter. We have had a mild season so far and we are about to have a cold snap. Is mulch enough? Should I wrap the branches too?
Thanks for you help

Answer: Your new snowball bush (Viburnum opulus) is hardy in zones 4-8 so it will survive your winters without problem. I wouldn't wrap the branches, but I'd mulch over the root area just to keep them protected this first year. If there's any winter damage evident next spring, prune it off to encourage healthy new growth. I've successfully grown snowball bush in my Seattle area garden without problem, even when we've had snow and blustery winds. I'm sure yours will be just fine this winter. Enjoy!

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