If you want to make a stylish impact but need to keep things easy care – take a really good look at Common Snowball Viburnum Shrub (Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’) formerly known as (syn. Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’). Frankly, it’s hard not to notice this ornamental flowering shrub! This variety has been a garden favorite for centuries. An incredible flower display of huge, rounded, sterile flower clusters are produced on the end of each branch in late spring.
The blooms appear in masses in May or June, depending upon where it is grown. Some of the pristine blooms will even take on a pink cast as those flower clusters age. The flowers really do resemble snowballs. Kids just love this shrub! If you didn’t know better, you might think you were looking at an Annabelle Hydrangea. But this Viburnum shrub grows much taller and wider. It’s truly a show-stopper every single year when they bloom.
Dark green, shiny tri-lobed maple-like leaves act as a perfect backdrop to the massive flower displays. In autumn, those green leaves turn purplish and red and are a welcome fall color. Songbirds will find ample shelter and nesting sites within the large arms of this ornamental shrub. But unlike other Viburnum varieties, this sterile form won’t produce messy seeds, so be sure to get your feathered friends a bird feeder.