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Japanese Snowball Plant (Viburnum plicatum) is a ground cover shrub with masses of rounded, blue-green clusters of flowers in spring and autumn. It has narrow leaves that are slightly five-lobed and light red flower clusters. It grows to high, up to three feet in height, and spreads with age. The flowers are a deep magenta color with purple tingeing. They have five small and cupped petals with long stems reaching the sky.
This shrub is best adapted for full sunlight in well-drained soil where it does not require any supplemental water, such as under bridge areas or near streams.
It is also grown well in containers where it can be potted up into a taller position out of the sun's glare or kept low in hanging baskets as it will spread on its own without needing pruning. This shrub is at its best when massed in a solid block of color, but it can be kept more compact in a variety of different forms.
This plants flowers are an essential attractor to many insects and birds, who spread the seeds around and grow into new shrubs. The shrub is evergreen and deciduous in colder regions. It is a very vigorous grower and spreads quickly by suckers. It can grow easily from cuttings and produces light pink flower clusters around the same size as the flowers on the main plant.
There are no specific uses for the shrub outside of its use as a landscaping shrub on its own. It is helpful as a barrier and can hide an unsightly area, but it requires cutting to keep it at a desired height and width.
One can plant near streams or a creek bed in full sunlight. It looks best when massed together in large groups but can be maintained at smaller sizes by clipping it at will during the spring or fall months just before new growth begins. It is also quickly done when you remove some of the suckers that grow around its natural base.
The leaves have the same color and texture as their flower clusters, with a distinct bluish-green hue. It makes it easy to spot while contrasting with the other shrubs around it so that you can easily match your landscape color scheme as well.
In addition to its use in a landscape, it can be used as container plants convenient for people who frequently travel. It does not care about soil conditions and roots well from cuttings or seeds planted directly into containers without potting up.
Posted by Stephanie Miller on Jan 08, 2022
This made a good line up in my pathway with its perfect bloom. I had this from TN nursery and is thriving very well. So excited to watch this more in springtime.
Posted by Stephanie on Jan 07, 2022
One of my fave shrubs that grow beautifully around my wide garden. This survives in a very hot climate and surprisingly blooms gracefully ever.
Thank you TN nursery everything from your delivery came out healthy. You have the best packing and handling ever.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.