. . . . . . . on the Chinese Snowball bush (Viburnum Macrocephalum) which is now a tree!
It's so tall now and probably has reached its mature height of
around 10 feet.
Below, I've added a full professional description of this fun shrub
in case you are interested in adding one to your landscape. You can grow it
successfully if you are in zones 3-8 here in the US. I am in 7 and have found
this shrub low maintenance and easy to grow. Mine was a tiny potted
one - rescued from the sale area at the end of Summer - from a garden center
about 6 years ago.
Many hours were spent this weekend cleaning out the gazebo and other
garden areas. We worked much of Saturday and Sunday in perfect weather
and truly enjoyed it. Yesterday, around 5 pm, on the front porch, still dirty, tired
and thirsty, we nibbled on chips and guacamole, sipping Rosé, watching the
Chickadees coming to feed dinner to their offspring in the little bird house
right above our heads.
Early this morning - when I took these photos - I grabbed my coffee, garden file,
a notebook and pen, and spent a beautiful hour, still in my robe, going through
notes on what needs to be accomplished today and through the remainder of
this week to complete the Spring garden chores prior to indoor Spring
cleaning. . . . . . . . . and then waving goodbye to it all! Yes, a big trip coming
THE ORIGINAL SNOWBALL BUSH
An amazingly 'SHOWY' addition to any landscape; the Viburnum Macrocephalum, more commonly known as the 'Chinese Snowball Bush', is beautiful and easy-to-grow. The flowers emerge a striking lime-green in late spring and gradually turn to snowy-white in mid-May; they retain their green color for several weeks before turning to cream and then to white.
At full maturity, the 'Flower-Balls' resemble brilliant white pom-pom's, reaching up to 8' wide. The 'Chinese Snowball Bush' will bloom in mid-spring for weeks on end.
The Viburnum Macrocephalum is a sterile plant (producing no fruit) so all of its energy goes into blooming and . . . Does it ever!!! A relative of the honeysuckle, the 8' flowering clusters are made up of an abundance of delicate 1' flowers. The clusters resemble the blooms of the Hydrangea plant.
Best of all, this particular variety will provide a longer & more profuse BLOOMING SEASON than any other plant in its family. The foliage of the 'Chinese Snowball' is a brilliant dark green with 2'-4' leaves that have a 'saw-toothed' edge; they are stunning against the stark white of the flowering clusters.
The 'Chinese Snowball Bush' can be trimmed to any size or shape; it can be sculpted into shrubs, hedges, borders and trees. Cut it back after flowering and prepare for another round of blooming; this incredible plant blooms on both, old and new wood.
The Viburnum Macrocephalum is an extremely hardy variety that is resistant to bacterial leaf spot and powdery mildew, unlike its' relatives. If you are looking for an incredible 'point-of-interest' for your landscape, you have found it in the 'Chinese Snowball Bush'.
- Insect & Disease Resistant
- Showy Clusters of 'Flower Balls' (up to 8' wide)
- Repeat Bloomer
- Provides Bountiful Cut Flowers
- Deer Resistant
- Non-Invasive Root System
- Heat & Drought Tolerant
- Attracts Butterflies
Forgive me getting behind with comments dear friends - will
catch up soon when the garden requires less of my time.
Our friend Nelson wishes me to thank you for your generous
prayers and good wishes for his recovery. Four surgeries so
far to repair his shattered leg - going home today but will
require more surgery in about 2 weeks.
Have a wonderful week.