Viburnum Opulus Roseum is the much sought after and surprisingly hard to find snowball bush. No prizes for guessing what the flowers look like. With arching branches sporting lots of pure white snowballs in early to mid-summer, Viburnum opulus Roseum is hard to beat as a focal feature. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 12 feet. 2 litre pot. We also have a few larger specimens available for collection or local delivery.


We have always loved this shrub, which is irresistible when in flower and is guaranteed to sell on sight. Sometimes to be found as Viburnum Opulus Sterile rather than Roseum. The latter is probably a marginally more attractive name. There is a very fine and very large specimen in the gardens of Wintershill House, where each year in early May we attend the Bishop’s Waltham Garden Fair when it is usually in glorious full bloom. As we often have plants for sale at the fair, it’s handy to be able to point people in its direction to see what a fully grown example looks like.

Prune back Viburnum Opulus Roseum after flowering to keep a well branched shape. If you cut back early in the season (or indeed, in the late season), you will reduce the flowering potential, as this shrub flowers on the previous year’s growth.

A common name for Viburnum Opulus is the guelder rose, which goes back to its being cultivated in the Gueldersland province of the Netherlands, from where it was introduced into Britain. It has a long history of herbal and medical applications and, if this interests you, you can read more on the matter here.

Take a look at the splendid Viburnum Opulus Roseum featured in this video by the Dallas Arboretum.

Viburnum Opulus Roseum is a large hardy deciduous shrub with snowball shaped clusters of white flowers in early to mid summer suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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