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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6-10 feet
Plant Spread: 6-10 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: a drupe going from red to black
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Other: pink opening to white snowballs
Bloom Size: 5"-6"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 30, 2019 2:26 PM

This Carlcephalum Viburnum is a hybrid between the very commonly planted Koreanspice Viburnum (V. carlesi) x the uncommon Chinese Snowball Viburnum (V. macrocephalum var keteleeri) that was done in 1932 in England at the Burkwood & Skipwith Nursery and introduced to the US about 1957. It is larger growing than the Koreanspice, usually about 8 to 10 or more feet high, with larger leaves (4 to 5 inches long) and larger round flower clusters 5 to 6 inches in diameter that are also very fragrant. The Chinese Snowball is not fragrant. I've only seen a few of this hybrid species in the Chicago, Illinois area in a well-to-do neighbourhood and in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area at a business park campus.

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