Some Snowball Viburnums

Some Snowball Viburnums
Quite a few of the viburunums can be used as cut flowers. Here are some especially lovely snowball types and others.

Fragrant Snowball

Reaching nine feet in height, this plant is hardy to zone five or so. It is a hybrid. The parents were Korean spice viburnum and Chinese snowball. This plant was also introduced in 1932 from the same nursery as Burkwood viburnum.

The flower clusters are five inches in diameter. This hybrid has shiny leaves.

Japanese snowball

This species is considered to be one of the best snowballs. It is suitable for zones five through eight. Originally native to Japan and China, this has white blooms. The flower clusters can be four inches across.

Roseum is a very popular cultivar of this species. The blooms can be pink or white. They aren’t necessarily the same color each year though no one seems to know exactly why. This blooms in late spring.

The doublefile is a natural or wild form of this plant. The doublefile flower heads open in pronounced double tiers. It features black-blue fruits. Doublefile viburnum is considered to be one of the best snowballs.

Judd Viburnum

Suitable for zones four through eight, this can reach eight feet in height.

This plant was introduced from the Arnold Arboretum in the 1910’s. It is a hybrid. One of the parent’s is the Korean spice viburnum.

This has larger flower clusters than the Korean spice viburnum. The buds are pink. The white blossoms are extremely scented. These can bloom in April and May. The sphere-shaped flower clusters aren’t quite as large as those of the Korean spice viburnum. This plant is noted for its blackish-red fruits.

Korean spice viburnum

Suited to zones four through eight, this reaches three to six feet in height with an equal width. It was originally native to Korea. This has lovely pink buds. The fragrant blooms, which open with the leaves, are often white. However, they can have a touch of pink. Some cultivars, such as Diana and Aurora, are noted for their deep pink blooms. The stems of this species can be forced. The scent is similar to that of cloves, which explains the common name. The flower clusters, which are dome-shaped, can be three inches wide. They open from mid to late spring. The blackish-blue fruits ripen in late summer.

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