Every time I think of viburnum, I think of the backyard of our old house. The first spring we spent in the house, I was just starting to pay attention to gardening, and my elderly neighbor had a few gorgeous plants in her backyard. She’d let everything grow and grow, so it was a wild and lovely garden. She had this one hydrangea that was so tall I could barely reach the blooms. I thought it was a shame she let her hydrangea get so overgrown! I didn’t even know they’d get that big! So… I trimmed it back for her. So nice of me, I thought. Well, a few months later I realized hydrangeas don’t grow that big and that plant I’d so nicely trimmed back was a beautiful snowball viburnum. Oops. Now I laugh every time I see a huge viburnum.
Sun: Viburnum likes the sun, and can tolerate a little shade.
Soil: Well-drained soil is preferred though some varieties like wet soil.
Water: Water if there’s not much rainfall. These are pretty easy-going plants!
Prune: Prune after late spring blooming to keep shape, but deadhead spent blooms and remove dead branches anytime.
Size: These guys can grow up to 13 feet wide! Depends on the species though, little ones will stay around 5 feet wide.