Viburnum Red Balloon®
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Viburnum Red Balloon®

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Viburnum
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: May
Mature Height: 6-8' Spacing: 8-10'
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: ONE GALLON POT
Fragrance: Yes
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Viburnum Red Balloon® has especially eye-catching fruits, creating a wow factor in the garden at the end of the growing season. In spring, its tall, mounding form is covered with a multitude of sweetly fragrant, creamy white flowers. By the end of summer, the whole plant sparkles with vivid red berries that remain attractive well into fall (until discovered by our feathered friends). While Red Balloon® does not require a pollinator for berry production, it will produce more fruit if planted near a pollinator variety, such as V. lantana 'Mohican' or V. x rhytidophylloides 'Alleghany.' A Proven Winners® variety. ‘Redell’ PP 24,227

With the possible exception of Rhododendron, no genus offers as many attractive and useful shrubs as Viburnum. Most Viburnums prefer rich, evenly moist, slightly acid soil and perform in sun to part shade. If you want your Viburnums to produce berries for the birds, you'll need to plant several different Viburnum varieties that bloom at the same time so plants can cross-pollinate.

For more information on Viburnum care, click Growing Guide.




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Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (2 Reviews) Write a Review

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One Year and Died

This plant came as expected and quickly doubled in size. We had several leaves; that's it from Spring to Winter of the next year. Then the plant seemed dormant. Finally got a couple of white flowers the next season... blah blah blah. This plant was a big disappointment. I thought it would be a great addition to my front house.

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needs a pollinator

Just planted this for a pollinator for the "ALLEGAHNY" variety that I have planted. If it grows like the "ALLEGAHNY" it should be an attractive plant.
Keep in mind that you need a "ALLEGAHNY" or a "MOHICAN" near by for berries. Or a parentage variety I told would work. Don't know what that variety would be.

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: vye-burr'num 

With the possible exception of Rhododendron, no genus offers as many attractive and useful shrubs as this one. Viburnum provides just about anything you could want in a shrub, from profuse bloom to handsome foliage to colorful fruits to fall color. Growth habit varies among species: V. carlesii (Korean Spice Viburnum) and V. opulus (European Cranberry Bush) varieties are round-topped and fairly dense; V. dentatum (Arrowwood Viburnum) is large with spreading branches, V. plicatum tomentosum (Doublefile Viburnum) has tiers of horizontal branches, and V. trilobum (American Cranberry Bush) varieties are more upright.

CULTURE: Full sun (grow in partial shade in the South and warm inland areas of the West); rich, well-drained, evenly moist, and slightly acidic soil. Viburnums do not tolerate drought well. Space 5–8′ apart, depending on variety. 

GROWTH: Plants usually need 3–5 years to start blooming and fruiting. Medium growth rate of 12–24″ a year, depending on growing conditions.

SUGGESTED USE: Screening, informal hedge, native plantings, or mixed perennial and shrub borders.

PRUNING: Prune as necessary after plants bloom in spring. Be aware that pruning will reduce the fruit production of V. trilobum varieties.