Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'
snowball tree (syn. Sterile)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May and June
- Hardiness: fully hardy
In May and June the branches of this vigorous deciduous shrub are smothered with large, snowball-like clusters of white or green-tinted white flowers - which sometimes age to pink. With maple-like, fresh green leaves that become purple-tinted in autumn it's an excellent ornamental plant for a sunny shrub or mixed border with fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
- Garden care: After flowering prune established specimens, removing up to one in five of the oldest and weakest branches to the base. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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Comments about Crocus Viburnum opulus'Roseum':
Easy look after a beautiful green tree that blooms in spring, it is very lovely to look at and presents itself well. My friends were asking if they can look at the blooms and touch them. Those look simply amazing. They bloom longer then the other trees.
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Q:When is the best time to move a Viburnum opulus Roseum? Mine is about 2 years old and I realise it's in the wrong place so need to move it.Asked on 6/5/2016 by Lottolearn from Fernhurst
The best time to move these is when they are dormant, so late autumn to late winter is ideal.Answered on 9/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:I purchased a viburnum poulus 'Roseum' from you last year and have planted it amongst some snowberry. It seems to have two main stems currently. Do I need to prune it to create a wider network of stems or will it in its own time spread out more? Please could you advise how I look after such a young plant, Thank youAsked on 12/2/2016 by Peanuts from Camberley
I would leave this young plant to grow and mature naturally, only trimming if needed in the spring after flowering. Hope this helps.Answered on 16/2/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I am new to gardening to appreciate any advice. I really like the vibernum but only require it to a maximum height of 2 or 3 feet Can you keep it this short from new or will it definitely grow out to a possible 4 metre height?Asked on 22/9/2015 by Dolly33 from Hove
These plants can be pruned generally after flowering but to try and keep it to a height to 2-3 feet will be too small. You will be forever cutting it back and will be loosing out on the flowers which is one of the attractions of this plant.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 23/9/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Does viburnum opulus 'Roseum' have berries?Asked on 6/9/2015 by Christy from Cornwall
No Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' doesn't bear any berries.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 7/9/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi . Could I grow two of these viburnum in giant pots? Do they respond well in pots? I have very sandy soil.Asked on 26/7/2015 by Mel from Worcester
If the pots are really giant-sized, and you make sure they are kept well fed and watered, then they should be fine.Answered on 27/7/2015 by Helen from crocus
Do the flowers of the Viburnum Opulus Roseum drop off after they have faded, or do they stay on for a very long time like hydrangeas?
I don't like the look of brown flowers, and do not want to have to cut the flowers off the tree.
Thank you.Asked on 23/6/2015 by br from London
The flowers of this shrub tend to turn pink and then brown as they age, but the petals are not as persistent as a hydrangea.Answered on 25/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
will a snowball tree grow in a pot in a semi shaded terrace yardAsked on 1/3/2015 by lills from liverpool
This shrub will tolerate partial shade, but it is naturally a vigorous plant that needs a moist well-drained soil. It would be better growing in the ground, but you could try and grow it in a pot, but it will need to be a large one, and will need to be kept well watered and fed. Also it will need repotting every few years.
Hope this helps.Answered on 4/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:Hi, will a Viburnum Opulus attract wildlife and insects into my garden? If not, could you suggest another shrub that would be suitable at the back of a large banked border that would be good for wildlife?Asked on 26/8/2013 by Wikikki from Mid Wales
This is a beautiful shrub that will attract the butterflies and insects for the 'snowball' flowers, and it's lovely to look at too. There are lots of plants that will attract the wildlife and insects into the garden... if you click on the link below it will take you to shrubs that are particularly good at attracting the wildlife.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 28/8/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
I'm thinking of buying a snowball tree to put in my front garden next to a magnolia. I understand that it attracts aphids. Will this affect my magnolia? Also if I buy one from crocus how long would it be before it flowers eg next year, 2 years etc? When would be the best time to plant it? Thank youAsked on 5/8/2013 by Bernie from Stourbridge
This is a beautiful shrub, but it can be prone to aphids which can spread to other plants. Best to keep the plant healthy, and try to encourage aphid predators like ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies into your garden to eat them by planting nectar-rich flowering plants which attract them, such as buddleia, calendula, sedum, stocks, sweet William and wallflowers. Also you can buy lacewing and ladybird houses to encourage them into the garden.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 7/8/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
These plants tend to flower quite young, so given the right conditions, you may have flowers in the first year after planting.Answered on 12/8/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Can you advise on garden care /pruning of a Snow ball tree. I have one in my garden it is roughly 6ft x 6ft in a border. I feel it is becoming too large for where it is. Can you confirm if I could prune it and when to reduce overall size please. Any suggestions would be appreciated.Asked on 9/2/2013 by Sooty 1
The best time to prune this is immediately after flowering in spring. Once the plant is established, you can remove one fifth of the stems (choosing the oldest or the weakest), cutting them right back to their base. If you want to reduce the height further, then you will risk not having flowers in the following year and ruin the overall shape of the bush. If you want to take more drastic action, then you can cut all the stems back to their bases in early spring.
I hope this helps,Answered on 11/2/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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