Viburnum opulus var. opulus
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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|taai||Jun 05, 2008||i have an absolutely beautiful specimen of this very lovely shrub... i am thinking of tearing a fence down just so it can have more room!!! lol! mine is about fifteen feet tall!!!
we live in zone 7B, canada. |
|Adele Cousins||May 21, 2009||Received this shrub for Mother's Day. I guess I missed the bloom for this year. It now is planted & I have one concern. We do have deer who graze thru our yard. I do spray to protect those that I know they like, but wondered if this shrub is one that they will "eat". My e-mail address: its firstname.lastname@example.org|
Deer don't browse my garden (knock on wood!), so I'll leave this question for others to answer...
|dana b||Apr 29, 2010||we have one of these plants. when my kids were small we would have a "snowball fight" just before the blooms disappeared.:-)|
Sounds like fun (and a big mess!)
|mimi||May 24, 2010||For the first time, our snowball bush is infested with the larval stage of the viburnum beetle. Skeletonized leaves are the sign. Apparently the beetles arrived in Canada in the mid 1940s and are moving south but will be repelled by early winters. They need 5 months of cold. We live in southern Vermont (the banana belt) and hope climate change might be on our side in this particular struggle. |
|dail franck||Sep 11, 2010||one of our neighbors has at least 3 or 4 growing right in their front yard, in full sun -- they used it to cover utility boxes on the property line. The blooms are not round, but are large and come to somewhat of a point at the top. They have been blooming for quite some time now, and are turning a little green in color. Can't find them anywhere in the Atlanta area for sale. Help!!!|
|Ngaio Howitt||Nov 15, 2010||I have wonderful memories of my Mother pruning her Virburnum lovingly just so it would reward her with the most spectacular crop of PomPoms back home in New Zealand - Whangarei.....just memories of my Mum and I gardening....it just never happened enough times...but... it was great.... thanks |
|Mihnea Calin Vlad||Mar 04, 2011||This is A very nice tree and in my county is called (folk name) Calinul and I'm happy that my name (easy part ) is as well Calin.|
|Fbourzat||Nov 25, 2011||My virbunum is NOT blooming!! it was when I bought it...bloomed one year after that...Then... just nice leaves... HELP!!|
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