General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 10 to 12 feet (3-3.5m)
Plant Spread: 12 to 15 feet (3.5-4.5m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Green maturing to red
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • European Snowball Bush
  • European Cranberrybush Viburnum
  • European Cranberrybush
  • Guelder Rose
Also sold as:
  • 'Sterile'

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 5, 2019 5:39 PM concerning plant:
    This European Snowball Viburnum is an old-fashioned plant that was used more in the early and mid-20th century than now in the Midwestern and Eastern USA. It was known in Europe since the 16th century. It still is offered by many cheap mail order nurseries and some conventional nurseries. It does bear a lot of 2 to 3 inch diameter rounded flower clusters of all sterile florets, so it never bears fruit and does not provide pollen and nectar to insects. It often is strongly bothered by aphids.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 10, 2019 4:25 PM concerning plant:
    This is an old-fashioned plant that was more popular in the early and middle 20th century than now, but it is still used occasionally, and the most in average yards of homeowners; sometimes by some professional landscapers. It gets confused with the Japanese Snowball Viburnum that has smaller white round flower clusters and very different dark, rough, simple leaves with deep veins. The leaves of the European Snowball Cranberrybush Viburnum are three-lobed and relatively thin in texture like the mother species of Viburnum opulus. The twigs are stout, smooth, and hairless. The large flower clusters are slightly fragrant, and the individual flowers are without pistils and stamens, being sterile and seedless and not useful for pollinators.
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AndreA33 On November 25, 2015 Obtained plant
Cuttings done without hormone directly in soil
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Memories by mattsmom May 6, 2012 8:55 AM 0
Identity of this plant by ViburnumValley Jan 3, 2013 3:28 PM 3

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