Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Chinese Snowball




We purchased these beauties in the Spring.  They are gorgeous, huge, but gorgeous.  I usually buy plants and trees in smaller sizes but this year I decided to buy big.  

I planted one in one of our front floating gardens.  You can see the garden island makeover in these two posts:  Makeover and Finish.  This particular Snowball is now beginning to bloom for the Fall!  What a treasure to have!  Now to decide where to plant the other two.  Today talking Snowball Bushes.


Botanical Name: Viburmum macrocephalum 'Sterile'
Spring's Most Elegant Flowering Shrub
Southern Living

Planting Tips

Type:  Large-scale shrub that is deciduous in the coldest areas, nearly evergreen elsewhere.  Plant it at the back of the border to fill a large space, or use it as a small tree.
Size:  Rounded habit, growing 12 to 20 feet tall and wide, blooms span 6 to 8 inches across.
Light:  Full sun to part shade.  Give protection from afternoon sun in the Lower and Coastal South.
Soil:  Well-drained, slightly acid soil is best, but the shrub also tolerates alkaline conditions.  
Prune:  Soon after flowering to remove dead wood and shape.
Range:  Upper South through the Coastal South.  Plant in a protected area in the coldest regions.
Fertilize:  At planting and then again each year after flowering.


Another source for good information is Deb's Garden

I thought I'd share a few videos
A reference for you & me














Great advice in the videos above.  This may bloom twice in the year!  How wonderful is that?  I can't wait to see the show. If mine does in fact bloom twice I need to remember to check for drought in the early Fall.  I'll have to remember to update if it blooms more than once a year here.

It does appear that I will be pruning quite a bit to keep the one in the bed out front to size.

I started this post in early Spring and it is now Fall.  I'm happy to report that these Snowballs are beginning to bloom now!  I'm excited. Can you tell?


I can tell that this Fall Bloom will be the flat tip type

One gentlemen in a video about was talking about how in the Spring
The blooms will be round balls & in the Fall the type pictured above
I can't wait until this has fully bloomed!

Hey, It's as if I have two different plants with the different blooming that occurs with the seasons!
I can live with that!

I look forward to many years of growth and blooms from these.

Until next time....



2 comments:

  1. Oh those are so pretty. I'm going to need to redo our flower beds at the lake house so these will be high on my "must have" list.

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    1. Hi Kim,
      I do like them and think I need to put some Spirea here as well. Had some at the old home and they too are so pretty. I hope you'll share your pictures of your flowers at the lake house. How wonderful to have a lake house!

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