Viburnum × carlcephalum

Viburnum × carlcephalum, common name fragrant snowball, is a hybrid flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae (formerly Caprifoliaceae), of garden origin. It is a cross between V. carlesii and V. macrocephalum.

Viburnum × carlcephalum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Adoxaceae
Genus: Viburnum
V. × carlcephalum
Binomial name
Viburnum × carlcephalum
Burk. ex R.B.Pike

Growing to 3 m (10 ft) tall and broad, it is a substantial deciduous shrub with heart-shaped leaves often turning red in autumn. Rounded flower-heads composed of many fragrant, tubular white flowers are borne in early summer.[1] Flowering is later than many other deciduous viburnums.[2] The flowers are followed in autumn by insignificant red-black fruits.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3][4]


  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  2. ^ "Viburnum × carlcephalum". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Viburnum × carlcephalum". RHS. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 107. Retrieved 19 February 2019.