Viburnum plicatum or Japanese snowball is a deciduous ornamental shrub with bright red berries and pale pink to bright white flowers. The BEST-select varieties bloom densely compacted, which makes them extremely suitable for public garden borders or smaller gardens.
Viburnum plicatum Pinkawai® is a shrub with deep green leaves and many tiny, sterile buds. The buds blossom into large pink umbels that turn white later in the season. After flowering, decorative bright red berries appear that turn black as they ripen.
The plant flowers from mid-April to June, and sometimes a second time in autumn. It has a very compact growth and a height between 80 and 100 centimetres, which makes it highly suitable as a solitary plant in borders or public garden beds. Like the other viburnum varieties, this plant requires little care.
Viburnum is a hardy plant that prefers full sunlight or partial shade. It is not very demanding but prefers a well-drained, humus-rich, mildly acidic to neutral soil. Because of its compacted growth it hardly requires any pruning – it suffices to remove dead branches in springtime.