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Viburnum x carlcephalum

Viburnum x carlcephalum
fragrant snowball
Viburnum x carlcephalum

Common name fragrant snowball
Family adoxaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-8)
Flowers white (spring)
Size to 7'
Light sun-part shade

Cross between V. carlesii and V. macrocephalum. Multi-stemmed deciduous shrub, growing as wide as it is tall. Fragrant dense clusters of flowers are followed by red berries, which ripen to black. Large leaves turn brilliant red in fall.
In its second year in our garden, our specimen produced one large flowerhead on a smallish plant, looking just a bit silly. But it has grown a good bit in the years that followed, taking its rightful place in the line-up of viburnums that borders our front yard. Even with more flowers, its fruiting is still meager, though.

fragrant snowball
Shiny dark-red berries in September

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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