Sunday, April 18, 2010
Snowballs in April
I have waited patiently for my Chinese snowball viburnum (viburnum macrocephalum) shrub to bloom. I planted it three years ago, moved it once and have never had enough of a bloom on it to do what I have been waiting for - use the flowers in arrangements. The blooms start out this lovely shade of chartreuse that looks very fresh and pretty when mixed with just about any other color. Eventually they turn a pretty white. They are quite pricey at the florist so the best thing is to plant them yourself and wait until they gain some size. It is deciduous and should eventually get quite large, but because it will not get as much water as it prefers in our climate, it will never get as big as it would in the optimum setting, which can be 20 feet high (the biggest one I have ever seen in our area is about six feet high). I will get about eight cut blooms this year but I am hoping the little shrub will finally take off!