Chinese Snowball Bush Vs Hydrangea: What’s the Difference?

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These round plants look a lot alike! Find out how snowball bush and hydrangea are different, including where they grow best and how tall they can get.  

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Garden flowers aren't always easy to distinguish. Some look like the same plant at first glance! Chinese snowball viburnum and Annabelle hydrangea are cloud-colored favorites.  

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The overlap between these plants makes identification difficult. Chinese snowball viburnum (Viburnum macrocephalum) and Annabelle hydrangea share blossom color and growth zones.  

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If you want to tell the difference between a snowball bush and a hydrangea, you can measure the plant's full height. There is a big difference between the two types of plants.  

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The height and width of the Annabelle hydrangea are only between three and five feet. If the height of your plant is rather low, it is most likely a hydrangea.  

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Need assistance choosing a garden plant? Check your growth zone. Annabelle hydrangea grows in zones 3–9, whereas Chinese snowball viburnum thrives in zones 6–9. Choose a hydrangea for cooler climates.  

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Snowball shrub thrives in full sun to part shade. It needs well-drained soil and moisture, but once established, it just needs a light watering a few times a week.  

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Snowball bush produces spherical lime green flowers that turn white quickly in May and June if properly cared for. It's available in plant nurseries and Home Depot online.  

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