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PlantFiles: Fragrant Snowball
Viburnum x carlcephalum

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: x carlcephalum (karl-sef-uh-lum) (Info)
Hybridized by Burkwood; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1932

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive OsmanthusValley On Apr 7, 2011, OsmanthusValley from Belton, SC wrote:

Great shrub. Grows in sun from sun up to sun down. Deer don't eat it. Very drought tolerant. Only gets water from Mother Nature. Smells wonderful.

Positive Todd_Boland On Jan 26, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This hybrid is a cross between V. carlesii and V. macrocephalum. The fragarnt white flowers open from pinkish buds. Leaves are fuzzy-textured and veiny, turning reddish in fall. This hybrid is more robust than V. carlesii but otherwise looks very similar.

Neutral Copperbaron On Jan 26, 2002, Copperbaron from Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Leaves are dull, grayish green and turn reddish purple in autumn. Very fragrant, long lasting white flowers in 4-5" clusters in spring.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Rantoul, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Silver Spring, Maryland
Brick, New Jersey
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Dundee, Ohio
Belton, South Carolina
Langley, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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