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Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum 'Popcorn' (Japanese Snowball)

Japanese Snowball 'Popcorn'


Regarded as one of the best heat and drought tolerant viburnums, Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum 'Popcorn' (Japanese Snowball) is a dense, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub of upright habit, adorned with strongly-veined, dark green leaves that turn attractive burgundy and red shades in the fall. In mid to late spring, the bush is literally covered with small, rounded, popcorn-like clusters of white flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm). It is hard not to be overwhelmed with the quantity of flowers that line the strongly ascending branches! Flowering earlier than the other Viburnum plicatum varieties, 'Popcorn' has real flower power.

  • Grows up to 5-8 ft. tall (150-240 cm) and 4-7 ft. wide (120-210 cm)
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Thrives in moist loams but this plant is tolerant of a wide range of soils. Some drought tolerance once established.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant, in shrub borders, hedges and screens or foundation plantings.
  • Attractive to butterflies!
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious insect or disease problems
  • Prune as required immediately after flowering.
  • Viburnum plicatum species is native to Japan, China.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 7' (120cm – 210cm)
Spacing 48" – 84" (120cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Viburnums
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 5' – 8' (150cm – 240cm)
Spread 4' – 7' (120cm – 210cm)
Spacing 48" – 84" (120cm – 210cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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