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Viburnum macrocephalum

Chinese Snowball

Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees, Flowers


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.

Viburnum macrocephalum

Deciduous in coldestareas, nearly evergreen elsewhere. Thisspecies originated in cultivation(not in the wild). Rounded habitto 12–20 ft. tall and wide. Dullgreen leaves, oval to oblong.Spectacular big, rounded, 6–8-in. flower clusters bloom inspring (or anytime during warmweather); they are composedof sterile flowers that start outlime green, change to white. Nofruit. Can be espaliered. V. m.keteleeri, wild form from China,has sterile and fertile flowers inlacecap effect; sometimes producesfruit.

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