Fragrant snowball viburnum is a large, open shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high. It is one of the last of the very fragrant, snowball-shaped flowers to bloom in spring. The dark oval green leaves turn a beautiful reddish-purple in the fall.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Acid soil,
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Moderately Tolerant
- May be difficult to find in nurseries
- Spring blossoms,
- Fragrant flowers,
- Showy flowers
Season of Interest:
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size & Form
A large rounded shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun to part shade in well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
Shallow-rooted and benefits with a layer of mulch to retain moisture.
Prune after flowering
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spot, viburnum crown borer, scale
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
This is a hybrid originated in England and is a cross between V. carlesii and V. macrocephalum var. keteleeri.
Attracts birds and butterflies
Birds and butterflies
Bark color and texture
Light brown to gray.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, 4 to 5 inch long, rounded foliage with wavy margins.
The leaves are dark green with a slight luster in summer changing to reddish-purple in the fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Very fragrant, large, white flowers arranged in dense, lumpy, snowball-like clusters (cymes 3 to 5 inches wide) in late April to early May.
Last of the semi-snowball, fragrant viburnums to bloom in spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Sparse, berry-like drupes ripen to black. Fruit is not particularly abundant or showy.
For better fruiting potential, plant more than one plant.