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Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake' is often confused with:
Viburnum carlesii Viburnum carlesii
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Mature habit
Viburnum setigerum Viburnum setigerum
Viburnum tinus Viburnum tinus
Native alternative(s) for Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake':
Viburnum dentatum Viburnum dentatum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Malus hybrids Malus hybrid
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum Mature habit
Euonymus alatus Euonymus alatus

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake'

Description

Japanese Snowball is a dense multistemmed shrub with showy white flowers and matures at a height of 5'-8'.  Plant in the full sun to partial shade with moist well-drained soil.  It prefers loams but tolerates a range of soil types.  Prune it back immediately after flowering as it flowers on second-year wood and you risk removing the flower buds if you wait. It is drought tolerant once established.  

Leaves are burgundy to bronze-purplish in autumn. Profuse late spring bloomer with sporadic flowers in summer. Noted for orangish-red drupes in late summer, but irregularly produced in the South. Plant as a foundation plant, small shrub borders or hedges, a specimen or in massing.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.

Quick ID

  • Flat-topped, double-file inflorescences on tiered branches
  • Large sterile flowers surrounding small fertile 
  • Leaves opposite, caperate
  • Compact, dense shrub of small size

More information on Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum.

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#butterflies#showy flowers#fall color#birds#drought tolerant#specimen#white flowers#easy to grow#wildlife plant#fall interest#upright#showy fruits#hedges#multistemmed#summer flowers#dense#shrub border#foundation planting#small groups#lacy#fantz#late spring flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#butterflies#showy flowers#fall color#birds#drought tolerant#specimen#white flowers#easy to grow#wildlife plant#fall interest#upright#showy fruits#hedges#multistemmed#summer flowers#dense#shrub border#foundation planting#small groups#lacy#fantz#late spring flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    plicatum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Horizontal
    Multi-stemmed
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are rounded ovoid, red drupes becoming bluish-black.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Lacy white flowers appear in mid to late spring and continue to bloom on and off through the summer and sometimes even into fall. The inflorescence is axillary in two rows, flat-topped, lace umbels, with outer sterile flowers surrounding inner fertile flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves opposite, dark green, caperate with impressed veins, drooping, elliptic-ovate to broad ovate, crenate, stellate-pubescent.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Horizontal branching habit
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought