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The Snowball Bush | Types, Planting & Care Tips

Do you love unique plants? Are you looking for something new to plant in your backyard? If so, the snowball bush is the perfect plant for you. There are different types of snowball bushes, so be sure to find out more about each one so you can decide which one you would like.

These very popular bushes not only give a beautiful look to your yard, but they also are relatively easy to take care of. Read on to find out more information about these pretty plants.

In fact, Snowball bush is a generic name for a variety of ornamental plants which create blooming clusters of white flowers and may refer to:

Species of Hydrangea, which tend to flower in the summer:

  • Hydrangea arborescens
  • Hydrangea paniculata

Species of Viburnum, which tend to flower in the spring:

  • Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese snowball bush)
  • Viburnum opulus (European snowball bush)
  • Viburnum plicatum (Japanese snowball bush)

Snowball Bush Facts

The first thing to know about snowball bushes is that there are several different types.

The most common is the European snowball bush, which is also called Roseum, according to DIY Network. There are also other types, such as the Japanese snowball bush, Chinese snowball bush, and the fragrant snowball bush. The bushes all differ in when their flowers bloom (in the middle of the spring or in the later part of spring), what colors the flowers are, and how big they will grow.

Video Guide: The Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ – Common Snowball

For example, the Japanese snowball bush blooms in the middle of spring and change colors from white to pink, turning burgundy and red in the fall. As it goes, autumn or spring happens to be the best times of the year to plant a snowball bush.

Snowball bushes are rather large and their leaves look a little similar to the leaves on maple trees, according to the Spruce. Its name comes from the fact that the flowers on it look like snowballs when it is in full bloom. It looks beautiful throughout the spring and fall, as it changes colors when autumn comes about. It can bloom throughout the spring or early summer. People typically plant snowball bushes in their yard as garden ornaments due to their looks.

The bush is almost never bare no matter what time of year it is.

According to Soft Schools, some snowball bushes even grow berries that are a very good food source for birds.

Snowball Bush Care

Snowball bushes are actually relatively simple to care for, especially in comparison to other plants. The first thing to know about caring for a snowball bush is that it does not like dry ground, so make sure that the soil you plant it in is moist. You can use mulch to ensure that the ground retains moisture.

Change the mulch out every season so that the roots will stay warm and so that you can decrease the amount of weeds growing around the plant.

How To Prune

Make sure to get some fertilizer before it blooms in the springtime, or if you can afford to use compost, you can put this around the plant at any time of the year.

Despite the fact that snowball bushes are one of the easiest plants to take care of, there is always the possibility that they could become infected. You might need to treat the plant to prevent any diseases or pest issues. If there are aphids on the leaves of the snowball bush, for example, spray it with Neem oil. Also, try to keep some space in between the snowball bush and other plants in your garden to prevent too many issues.

If you want to prune your snowball bush, try and do it when the flowers have fallen off during the early summer months. Trim any dead or damaged branches in the winter or spring.

The plant can be planted in partial shade or in the sun, but it fares best when planted in full sunlight, as this will ensure that the bush produces more flowers and gives off more vibrant colors. Make sure that the snowball bush you planted will be able to get about six hours of direct sunlight every day so that it can thrive the best.

Also, make sure that you plant it somewhere where it will have a lot of space to grow, as snowball bushes can grow 12 feet tall.

How To Plant

Here are the instructions for planting a snowball bush. You will be surprised to find out how simple it is.

First, get rid of any weeds or grass that has grown in the area which you intend to plant to bush. Then, once you have decorated the soil the way you want it, dig a hole that is about three times bigger than the plant.

Video Guide: How To Plant

Once you have purchased your snowball bush, take it out if the container, and be careful so that you do not damage its roots.

Set it down in the center of the hole that you have dug, and then fill the hole with the soil that you dug out. Water the area evenly, and then spread mulch out so that the soil will stay moist and so that there will be less weeds in the area.

Different Types

We gathered some images of these bushes from around the internet below:

The Chinese Snowball Bush

The European Snowball

The Viburnum opulus (also known as the guelder-rose) is a species of flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae) native to Europe, northern Africa and central Asia, according to Wikipedia.

Below you can see it flowering and with fruit:

The Japanese Snowball

An Instagrammer provided this gorgeous shot:

Where to Purchase

You should be able to purchase a snowball bush at your local gardening store, or wherever else you purchase plants from. You can also purchase a snowball bush online, if that is the easier option for you. However, keep in mind that if you do choose to purchase online, check to see if the plant can be shipped to you, because, for example, some sellers will not ship to California.

You can see if there is anyone who will be selling the full plant, and you can also browse to see the options available and how much the plant costs. For example, a seller on Amazon is selling a quart pot of the Eastern Snowball Bush for approximately $20.

Safe for Pets?

If you have pets, one of your biggest concerns before planting anything is whether or not it will harm your pets should they happen to come across the plant. Luckily, snowball bushes are completely safe for pets, especially dogs.

And, they also are urine-resistant, according to Mother Nature Network, so you can rest assured that both your plant and pet will be safe.

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