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Viburnum opulus var. opulus

Viburnum opulus var. opulus
snowball viburnum
Common name snowball viburnum
Family adoxaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers white (May)
Size 6'
Light sun-part shade

I think I have the botanical name right, but set me straight if I don't. This is one of two deciduous viburnums growing right next to each other in our back orchard area. Its main attraction is the profusion of full white flowerheads in spring, composed entirely of the showy sterile flowers for which the snowball bush is named (unlike its neighbor Viburnum trilobum, which sports the more typical arrangement of inconspicuous fertile flowers on a center disk, with the showier sterile ones in a ring around them). It's squished between its larger cousin and our compost pile, but seems happy enough nonetheless. Bush crickets like to hide in its leaves and sing their hearts out in late summer.

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

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