Gardening

Meet the attractive flowers of Viburnum opulus or Snowball

Viburnum opulus also known as Snowball, Mundillo, Sauquillo or Viburno . It belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family and is of the genus that includes shrubs and trees, with around 200 species. Most from the northern hemisphere, South America and the island of Java.

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Viburnum opulus characteristics

Shrub that can measure from 3 to 4 meters in height and 5 m in width. Standing tall, round, with a compact and abundant shape, with arched branches and multiple trunks. The leaves are deciduous, lanceolate, dark green, coarsely toothed, with a smooth upper surface and a woolly-velvety underside. The flowers are hermaphroditic, flat and white. When ripe they form fleshy fruits, reddish in color similar to berries.

Viburnum opulus care

It is a species that can be used in garden decoration thanks to the beauty of its cascading flowers. In addition, they attract many butterflies and thanks to their fruit, birds often appear.

It can be placed in the sun or light shade. It tolerates the cold, but can live well if it is protected from the wind and low temperatures.

In the summer, irrigation should be abundant and scarce when it is cold.

It requires soil enriched with manure compost and good drainage so that the irrigation water does not puddle. It is even advisable that in winter, before flowering, the fertilizer is made by means of a good cellar. While in the fall you can include a mineral fertilizer rich in nitrogen.

Since it usually grows very fast, it may be convenient to transplant each spring.

As for pruning, they require one after flowering to clarify the branches and discard the old branches.

It multiplies by means of seeds that usually take about 18 months to germinate, or by layering or cuttings (young stem, semi-mature, mature wood) in late summer, planted at a temperature of 18 to 20 ˚C .

Most Viburnums do not suffer excessively from disease or parasite attacks. But if it is in shady areas it can be attacked by gray mold and powdery mildew.

A plant that is not known much about it, but that it would be worth the thought to have. So if you still do not have it in that garden, it is time to do it, since that great beauty of its flowers could not go unnoticed.

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