California “Snowballs” in Spring?! Viburnum is a green-to-white blooming sensation

Viburnum season is one of the most exciting floral events of spring. Our friends at Sun Valley are known for many year-round offerings (such as Tulips, Lilies and Irises), but the Viburnum season comes and goes quickly. The pick started at Sun Valley’s farm in Willow Creek at the end of March, and will last only into early May. The northern California farm’s mountain canyon locale provides a unique micro-climate that produces a fantastic spring show starring this award-winning flower.

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Viburnum’s blooms are often mistaken for a miniature hydrangea and are commonly referred to as “snowballs.” Early in the short season, the pompom-like clusters atop tall, woody, leafy stems are bright green-yellow (almost like a tennis ball). As the season matures and the blooms bathe in the sunshine, they turn a luxurious ivory-white and resemble snowballs. 

Sun Valley harvests Viburnum in all stages of color, making them a favorite for weddings and high-end floral design. Viburnum is beautiful in a bouquet with French Tulips, because the size of the Viburnum blooms perfectly complements the big French Tulip heads.

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Care & Handling: Upon arrival, cut stems and place into a clean container with fresh, tepid water and fresh flower food solution. Remove all foliage below the water line. Keep in a cool location out of direct sunlight and drafts. Replenish water as needed. If you do not add floral preservative, change the water and re-cut the stems every day or so.

Learn more about Viburnum on Sun Valley’s Blog, Flower Talk, here and here.