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Viburnum x carlcephalum Shrub

Flowering Viburnum Shrubs
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  • £39.99 (ex VAT)

A wonderful Viburnum shrub, perfect for small gardens, Viburnum x Carlcephalum has a bushy, open growth habit. Popular for its heavily scented globes of snow white flowers in summer that open from pink buds. The flowers are gently flushed with pink and arrive slightly later than some other Viburnum. This variety starts with a vase like shape but matures into the full, round form that makes Viburnum shrubs perfect for screening purposes.

Fragrant Snowball is often planted near paths and patios so the aroma can be enjoyed by passersby. Not only does Viburnum Carlcephalum boast colourful spring buds and scented summer flowers, it also produces red autumn berries before the leaves turn reddy purple, displaying vibrant autumn colour. Fragrant Snowball Viburnum reaches a final height and spread of approximately 2 x 2 metres and is best planted in a moist yet well-drained site in full sun or partial shade.

AKA Viburnum x Carlcephalum, Fragrant Snowball Viburnum

  • Common name: Fragrant Snowball
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn
  • Foliage: Dark green leaves turn reddish purple in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to well-drained, moist sites and most soil types

Planting Advice for Viburnum x carlcephalum Shrubs

Our pot grown Fragrant Snowball Viburnum can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole, then dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the bush establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of your original soil with 50% high quality compost, then fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the bush.

Aftercare Advice for Viburnum x carlcephalum Shrubs

If you’re planting Fragrant Snowball Viburnum in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Keep an eye on young bushes and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. We stock a range of irrigation kits to assist watering.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds for the first couple of growing seasons.

Pruning Advice for Viburnum x carlcephalum Shrubs

Simply prune Fragrant Snowball after flowering but avoid pruning any new shoot growth if your area is prone to frost. Mature Viburnum can be thinned out to improve their shape. Cut back any crossing, damaged or crowded branches.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within a week of placing the order (please allow up to 12 working days during busy periods). There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. It is a one off charge and will not increase if you add to the order.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Viburnum carlcephalum Form: Bush Supplied Size: 80-100cm Root type: 10L pot Viburnum carlcephalum Price £39.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 80-100cm 10L pot £39.99 (ex VAT)
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