Viburnum plicatum, Japanese snowball

viburnum plicatum

The Viburnum plicatum ‘Mary Milton’, shown here, is one of the rare viburnums that offer such beautiful pink blooming.

Viburnum plicatum facts

NameViburnum plicatum ‘Mary Milton’

Family – Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae)
Type – shrub

Height – 10 feet (3 meters)
Exposure – full sun or part sun
Soil – ordinary, well drained

Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – May to October

A spring-blooming shrub, it decorates gardens and terraces in a most elegant manner.

Planting Viburnum plicatum

It is best to plant your Viburnum plicatum or Japanese snowball in fall to favor root development before winter and renewed growth in spring.

This will lead to quick blooming.

However, if purchased in a pot or in a container, you can also plant in spring taking great care to water regularly at the beginning.

  • The Mary Milton viburnum likes well drained soil.
  • If growing it in pots, choose a good quality soil mix and ensure that water drains well.
  • Follow our advice on planting shrubs.

Pruning Viburnum plicatum

It isn’t necessary to prune the plant, but it can be useful if you wish to reshape older specimens.

Wait for the blooming to end if you wish to reduce or reshape the shrub.

Learn more about Viburnum plicatum

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mary Milton’ is a very beautiful shrub, and its blooming in spring is as wonderful as its foliage in fall.

As part of a flowered hedge, as a standalone or in shrub beds, its growing and maintenance is easy.

It has the advantage of being hardy and provides pollen and nectar for honeybees for their greatest joy in early spring.

Some of the most famous Viburnum plicatum are ‘Watanabe’ and ‘Mariesii’.

Also part of the Viburnum family is laurestine, often found in our gardens.

Smart tip about Viburnum plicatum

Avoid locations that are too exposed to harsh sun. It’s best to plant it where a tree or taller shrub will protect it for part of the day if you live in hot regions. In cooler places it can cope well with full sun.

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mary Milton’ needs relatively cool soil to develop well. Try to surround it yearly with organic materials to ensure this.

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