Trees and shrubs

The "snowball": pretty flowers in spring


The snowball viburnum or obier viburnum is a very beautiful shrub, appreciated in our gardens for its beautiful flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Viburnum opulus
Family : Caprifoliaceae
Type : Shrub
Height
: 2 to 5 m

Exposure : Sunny or partial shade
Ground : Ordinary, well drained
Foliage : Obsolete
Flowering : April to June

Planting, maintenance and pruning are important factors in the successful growth of snowball viburnum. © maxandrew

Planting the Snowball

Preferably to autumn or in spring for subjects purchased in jars or containers.

  • Follow the tips for planting shrubs.

During the first years after planting, do not hesitate to water regularly to facilitate the recovery and growth of the shrub.

For multiply your viburnum, wait until the end of summer to cut the hardened stems or simply by layering

Snowball pruning and maintenance

Sensitive to drought, it is advisable to water well the first years after planting

No pruning is really necessary, but it can be useful to restore density to the shrub.

Wait for the end of flowering if you want reduce or balance the branches.

  • Find our advice on shrub pruning

The Snowball viburnum is frequently attacked by aphids.

To know about the snowball viburnum

The snowball viburnum, also called Obier, is a beautiful shrub that blooms as beautifully in the spring as its foliage in the fall.

Flowering takes place in spring (April to June).

Snowballs are both fragrant and honey-bearing, which helps attract pollinating insects to the garden.

In flowered hedges, isolated or in shrub beds, it is very easy to grow and maintain.

Among the viburnums, we also find the tin laurel or viburnum tinus, well known in our gardens, but also the Watanabe viburnum whose flowering lasts a very long time, from May to October.

Origin of the Snowball viburnum:

The origin of viburnum opulus is found in Europe, naturally but also in North Africa and Asia.

It acclimatized very well to the humidity offered by the humid undergrowth but also to the hedgerows of rather humid areas.

Are the berries edible?

Snowball berries can be eaten after cooking.

They are harvested in the fall, after the first frosts.

Smart tip

Avoid at all costs situations too exposed to the scorching sun.


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