For a beautiful long-flowering focal point, you can't go wrong with Summer Snowflake. This upright viburnum variety bears loads of white lacecap-type blooms starting in mid spring and continuing on throughout the summer season. Flowers will even appear in early fall under the right conditions. The red fruit matures to black and attracts birds and butterflies. Perfect for back borders or as a hedgerow. Prefers full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Viburnum plicatum 'Summer Snowflake' Whether you're looking for shrubs for privacy or just pretty flowering shrubs, this Viburnum is just the ticket. Boasting three seasons of beauty, it makes the perfect addition to the landscape. A native shrub, they are vigorous, thrive in well-drained soil, and become drought-tolerant as they mature. Though the berries aren't good for humans, birds love them and will flock to your landscape to enjoy this tasty treat. Also a good shrub for partially shaded areas.
Botanical NameViburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Summer Snowflake'
Sun ExposureFull Sun, Partial Shade
State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
Spread36 - 60 inches
Spacing36 - 60 inches
Flowering DateMid spring to fall
Planting InstructionsNone special. But better berry crop is achieved with more than one viburnum planted.
Winter CareNone special.
Flower FormSmall single flower clusters arranged in dome-shaped cymes.
Foliage TypeElliptic to oblong, shiny medium to dark green leaves. In autumn they display a breathtaking maroon-red color.
Soil RequirementAverage well drained soil. Does not tolerate chalky or alkaline soils.
PruningDo any pruning after flowering. Take care not to prune too heavily or fruit production will be reduced.
Additional InformationViburnum plicatum, commonly called Japanese snowball bush, is a dense, upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub which produces snowball-like spherical inflorescences of sterile white flowers along its branches in spring. This species is sterile.
Unique Characterstics'Summer Snowflake' is an upright cultivar that matures to 5-8' tall (infrequently taller). Leaves, flowers and fruits are typically smaller than those found on typical f. tomentosum plants. White lacecap-like flowers bloom in spring (late April-May), but continue to bloom sporadically through summer (hence the cultivar name) and sometimes into early fall. Fruits, a few flowers and autumn foliage color may all be simultaneously present on shrubs in early fall. Introduced by the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation.