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PlantFiles: Chinese Snowball Bush
Viburnum macrocephalum

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Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: macrocephalum (mak-roh-SEF-uh-lum) (Info)

Synonym:Viburnum arborescens
Synonym:Viburnum keteleeri

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral dmj1218 On May 28, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

General Information for Upper Texas Gulf Coast Gardeners:
Large (up to 15' tall) semi-evergreen shrub with large leaves that produces huge (5 - 8" in diameter) rounded clusters of white flowers in the spring. Generally prefers well-drained soil and sun to partial shade.

Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 28, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

The listed synonym above is correct; V. macrocephalum f. keteleeri is the fertile wild form of Chinese snowball, with lacecap flowers, similar in appearance to doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum) and will set red fruits.

The more commonly found version of Chinese snowball is the next listing in PlantFiles, Viburnum macrocephalum (sometimes listed as 'Sterile'), which is the plant with the massive (to 8") blooms weighing down the branches.

Regional...

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

Maumelle, Arkansas
Washington, District Of Columbia
Lilburn, Georgia
Palmetto, Georgia
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Laurel, Mississippi
Cincinnati, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina



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