Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
VIBURNUM opulus 'Sterile'
European Cranberrybush, Snowball Bush
Snowball bush produces large white pompoms of flowers in spring that slowly fade to gentle shades of pink with age. These flowers are sterile and do not form the bright red fruits typical of the species. In autumn its soft green maple-leaf like leaves flush red orange and also purple. This fall coloring is generally more robust than the species. This heirloom cultivar was being grown in its native Europe early in the 16th century.
Snowball bush must be planted in a humus rich, moist and well-drained soil in full to partial sun. It is slow to establish, but is an overall fast grower. In humid climates, ample air circulation around this shrub is needed to curb powdery mildew. Moreover, avoid crowding this shrub with nearby plants for the same reason. The plant can be pruned back sharply if needed.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Europe, Northern Africa, Central Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Light Pink
Yellow, Red, Purple
Sandy Brown, Gray
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
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