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Viburnum plicatum

Japanese Snowball
Caprifoliaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs

VIBURNUM

Large, diverse group of plants with generally oval, often handsome leaves and clusters of typically white, sometimes fragrant flowers. Blossoms are usually followed by single-seeded, often brilliantly colored fruit much appreciated by birds. Many viburnums are grown for their flower display, a few for their showy fruit. Many evergreen types are valuable as foliage plants. Several species can be grown as small trees.

Viburnum plicatum

Deciduous, from China and Japan. Grows to 8–15 ft. tall and wide; horizontal branching pattern gives the plant a tiered look. Strongly veined, 3–6-in.-long, dull dark green leaves turn purplish red in autumn. Showy, 3-in., snowball-like clusters of sterile flowers look like those of V. opulus ‘Roseum’. No fruit. ‘Popcorn’ has especially heavy bloom.

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