Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'

snowball tree ( syn. Viburnum opulus Sterile )

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12lt pot (1-1.25m) £79.99
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Buy Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' snowball tree ( syn. Viburnum opulus Sterile ): Gorgeous snowball-like clusters of white blooms

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: May to 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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I would but again


Looks really good in a corner




A healthy and vibrant plant arrived in good order.


Planted at the back of a border to enhance the variety of plants insitu.








New Forrest


Looking froward to second year


Put in good growth in the first year but looking forward to seeing this one when it matures a bit more as it was a bit of an unknown and untested Viburnum for me. Specifically bought for screening purposes so was a considered purchase for the particular spot it went into. Very healthy plant and had no problems getting established.

Mrs J



Snowballs in May


This is the 12 litre pot size, so it's an excellent purchase if you want a bit of an instant garden.





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Hello Is this species evergreen?


Hello, No, this is a deciduous shrub.


Please could you advise as to whether it would be suitable in a heavy clay type soil? Thanks Angela


Hello, These plants generally do quite well on clay soils, provided it does not remain waterlogged for any length of time.


Hi - I bought a Viburnum Opulus from you in early Spring, and it has flowered beautifully (thank you!). I just wanted to know whether I should deadhead it conventionally, or just gently pull off the dead flowers in order to protect any new growth?


Hello, I would not dead-head at all and let nature take its course as attractive red berries will follow on.


Hi, my snowball tree gets badly eaten by caterpillars in may. I've tried a grease band as thought they may have been from beetles, but no sucess. Any idea what they are and how to tackle?


Hello, I suspect the culprits are the larvae of the Viburnum Beetle, which lay their eggs in the bark of the stems. Because of this, the grease band will not be very successful, however to keep them under control you need to be vigilant and at the first signs of attack from the caterpillars, spray with a suitable insecticide such as Bayer Sprayday Greenfly Killer, Westland Resolva Bug Killer or Bayer Provado Ultimate Bug Killer. An organic option would be a spray containing pyrethrum.


Is it possible to keep this smaller with regular pruning? I notice that in other answers you've mentioned that it can grow to 5x5 metres but I really wouldn't want it any taller than 3 metres high and a couple wide. Also, if it did get too big, would it take a harsh pruning? I'm really keen to have one of these in the garden so am trying to find a way to make it work! Thanks.


Hello, It would be possible to cut it back, however this would affect the plants ability to flower. Therefore I would not really recommend it.


What's the average growth rate per year please?


Hello there Unfortunately it is really difficult to say how fast a particular plant will grow as this will be determined by a number of external factors such as the available water, light and nutrients as well as aspect and soil type, but Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' is classed as fast growing.

Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' (Snowball tree) size? Dear Crocus, Would a Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' the Snowball tree be OK in the back of a 6 ft by 7ft bed? Also when is the best time to move plants? I would ideally like to change the bed around in Sept/October. Many thanks Chris


Hello Chris, This plants will eventually grow to 5 x 5m, so it will eventually outgrow the space, but it will take several years to get that large. As for moving things, the best time is in autumn or early spring when the plants are dormant. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Viburnham opulus 'Roseum' (snowball) Please can you advise me as to whether this Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' would do well at the back of a large bed. Many thanks Chris


Hello Chris, If you have the space, then this will look great at the back of a mixed border as it will grow to around 5 x 5m.

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