Lots Of Snow Flakes, But No Snowballs

Hi, it's me again. I have two Japanese Snowball bushes in my backyard. They are on opposite sides on my lot and both were planted in a mostly sunny area. (Note: I live in Florida's panhandle.) Both were planted with a good helping of peat moss around the roots. Both have grown rather quickly, one a bit faster than the other though, but both are over 5-feet tall. Neither, however, have big round snowball-shaped flowers, instead both have a lot of little "snowflake" flowers. What do these bushes need to turn their snowflakes into snowballs?
Patrick
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Are they labled with a botanical name?? If we are talking about Viburnum plicatum(japanese snowball Viburnum) the available cultivars do not produce the snowball type flowers like the species does. The varieties that are available in nurseries are actually Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum, which is suppsed to be a better choice than the species. Sounds like you purchased the 'summer snowflake' doublefile viburnum, especially since it is still flowering in late september. If you dont have the desired flowers now, there is nothing you can do.
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Hi Patrick, Sounds like your Japanese Snowballs are really lacecaps, and will always be so! Could be they were mislabelled. Enjoy them - they are more graceful than snowballs, in my mind! Wendy
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Hello, Wendy,
I do not know exactly what the scientific name of my Japanese Snowballs are; however, I do know they had, and have had, snowball shaped and sized flowers. But now, for whatever reason, the flowers are more like flakes. Both plants still look nice, but just curious as to why the flower size has been reduced.
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