Japanese Snowball Bush (Viburnum plicatum) in the Viburnums Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Viburnum plicatum Accepted
Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
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: 8 to 15 feet
Plant Spread: 8 to 15 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Other: none, is sterile
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

three flower clusters with leaves

May Plants for Honey BeesMay Plants for Honey Bees
May 11, 2012

May is the month when late spring blooms are going strong and early summer blooms are getting ready to show off. The living is good for honey bees.

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Photo gallery:
Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-10three flower clusters with leaves
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-10simple, rounded leaves and flowers
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Location: Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-04-27round cluster with all sterile florets
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-10full-grown shrub in bloom
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Location: Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-04-27mature shrub in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-10younger, maturing shrub in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-10full-grown shrub in bloom
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-10inside shrub looking at stems
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-10lower leaves still young in spring
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Comments:
Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 9, 2012 5:55 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 5, 2019 4:32 PM

This Japanese Snowball shrub is an old-fashioned plant first brought over from Japan in the late 1800's to the USA. I first saw a picture of it in the Countryside Book called Home Landscaping in the early 1970's that we used in landscape design class along with a textbook of landscape architecture. I've seen a few in the Chicago, Illinois region in average yards and a few in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region in average yards also. Actually in early May 2019 I rode on my bicycle in the mostly old town (borough) where I live and found 4 different specimens of this shrub planted around in yards with the houses from the 1890's through the 1920's. What is strange is that this sterile-flowered mutation of the species was first discovered by the West rather than the normal, fertile species that is the Doublefile Viburnum (V. plicatum tomentosum), so it got the regular scientific name. The Japanese Snowball Viburnum bears the 2 to 3 inch diameter flowers usually about 2 or 3 weeks later than the Doublefile, and the flowers begin with a greenish tinge before becoming totally white. The flowers don't have any real odor and do not bear any fruit that would be a black drupe as is borne with the real species. The leaves are dark, with deep veins, simple, rounded, and of thick and rough texture. It is still offered by cheap mail order nursery catalogues. It can be bothered by aphids. The European Snowball Viburnum (V. opulus 'Roseum'), that is often confused with this Japanese shrub, is also an old-fashioned plant has larger flower clusters and three-lobed leaves that are of thin texture and don't have deep veins.

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