Viburnum plicatum, Japanese Snowball

Viburnum plicatum

Japanese Snowball
Family: Adoxaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
USDA Zone: 5-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersDeciduous plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is a large shrub, typically growing 5-10 feet tall and wide, and is usually grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.

Viburnum plicatum is a large deciduous shrub that is native to Southeast Asia. It grows well with plenty of full sun to semi-shade and requires regular to moderate water. This plant produces white, or off-white flowers in late spring and early summer. The flowers of some cultivars are all sterile, making them look like a snowball.

When growing Viburnum plicatum, it is important to choose a well-draining spot. The soil should be kept moist and should not be allowed to dry out too quickly. Adding a layer of mulch can help keep the soil from drying out. This large shrub is easy to care for and can thrive with minimal attention.

Viburnum plicatum is relatively hardy. This plant is best grown in USDA hardiness zone 5-10. When planted in colder regions a large pot can be used to protect the plant. Place the pot in a warm area and bring indoors on cold nights. During the growing season, water regularly and fertilize in the early spring. Prune to shape in the spring and late summer to keep the plant tidy.

With its white flowers, and beautiful shape, Viburnum plicatum can be a great addition to your garden. It is easy to care for and can provide a stunning focal point all year round. If you are looking for a large shrub that can tolerate both the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter, this could be the perfect plant for you.

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