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PlantFiles: Doublefile Viburnum, Japanese Snowball Bush
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake'

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: plicatum var. tomentosum
Cultivar: Summer Snowflake
Additional cultivar information: (aka Fujisanensis)

Synonym:Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum
Synonym:Viburnum tomentosum

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


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

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood 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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3 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SusieSunflower On May 11, 2010, SusieSunflower from Wichita, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

We bought this bush in mid-summer 2009 to fill a blank wall on the north side of a 2-story garage where it gets early morning and late afternoon sun. The plant was in a very large pot and root bound but continued blooming as if it had not been disturbed. This year, it is amazing and I am thrilled with it. The leaves completely fill the branches and the flowers, although quite weird in shape, are beautiful and showy. I look forward to the years that follow as it grows and fills the space for which it was purchased.

It was featured in 2004 as "an Arkansas Select winner" by the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture.

Neutral laura10801 On Aug 27, 2006, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had this plant for about 3 years. First 2 years produced moderate blooming at best, however this year it seems to be doing much better. It has been a hot summer, but I have been watering heavily, maybe that's what made the difference.

Positive ifonly On Jun 30, 2006, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Four Summer Snowflakes followed me home from Home Depot a few years ago, and as usual, I had no plan for where to plant them. But, in the ground they went. Exactly the wrong place, of course - too close together, too dry. They bloomed all summer each year, but sparsely.

So, this year these 5.5 footers were transplanted. I must keep them watered to see whether they will bloom like the pix posted here - too pretty for words.

Positive Decumbent On Mar 3, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Grows well in full-sun in Zone 6. Will flower ALL summer if watering is maintained and temperatures stay reasonably cool.

Neutral kbaumle On Oct 5, 2005, kbaumle from Northwest, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I just purchased this at Meijer for half price, and after seeing these at Secrest Arboretum, I was thrilled to get it. I've got it in a partly sunny location, but it doesn't get the hot afternoon sun. I know it's a rather slow grower, but I hope it does well, because these are BEAUTIFUL when in bloom!


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

Malvern, Arkansas
Arroyo Grande, California
Fort Collins, Colorado
Brookfield, Connecticut
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Palm Bay, Florida
Buford, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
Evanston, Illinois
Westmont, Illinois
Wichita, Kansas
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Ludington, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Brick, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
Mill City, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Harmony, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Oakton, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington

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