Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ (Japanese snowball ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’)

Botanical name

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’

Other names

Japanese snowball ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’, Doublefile viburnum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Jww5’


Viburnum Viburnum

Variety or Cultivar

‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ _ ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ is an upright, deciduous shrub with ovate, deeply veined, dark green leaves turning orange-red in autumn and, in late spring, large, flat, lacecap-like clusters of white flowers, flushed pink with age. Flowers are followed by red fruit maturing to black. Often produces a second flush of flowers in late summer.

Native to

Garden origin






Berries may cause stomach discomfort.

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White, Flushed pink in Spring; Flushed pink, White in Summer

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Orange-red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for


Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care


Pruning Group 8. Tolerates hard pruning.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings

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Where to grow

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ (Japanese snowball ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 2m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Beds and borders


Grows in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral


Partial Shade, Full Sun


North, South, East, West


Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ (Japanese snowball ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’)

Common pest name

Ramorum leaf blight; Ramorum shoot dieback; Rhododendron twig blight; Sudden oak death

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora ramorum



Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

Pathogen of larch and other hosts subject to EU emergency legislation. A containment strategy is in place in the UK; reflecting its presence in wider environment/forestry settings in some areas. EU regulatory status is under review.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ (Japanese snowball ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’)

assam thrips; castor thrips; chilli thrips; yellow tea thrips

Scirtothrips dorsalis



Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

EU listed pest for citrus but highly polyphagous and intercepted on a number of hosts. EU legislation should be updated to reflect wider host list.

Defra’s Risk register #3

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ (Japanese snowball ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’)

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Ceroplastes rubens



Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

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Chelsea Flower Show: Plant of the Year revealed

This award winning vibernum will have fiery foliage by autumn

Kilimanjaro Sunrise, entered by Burncoose Nurseries (GPK2), is a shrub that performs at four different times of year. It’s like having four different plants for the price of one.

• Watch: The Telegraph garden wins gold

Delighted to have won #RHSChelsea Plant of the Year at 2015 with Viburnum plicatum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’

— Burncoose Nurseries (@burncoose) May 18, 2015

Runner up this year was Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’, from Dibleys Nurseries (GPH8) who won the award in 2010, with a huge number of white flowers over ten months of the year, each beautifully speckled and streaked in purple. In third place was Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’ from Dysons Nurseries, GPE8), a gorgeous patio salvia for use as a container centrepiece with almost black stems, purple flowers from May to October and paler purple calyces that remain on the stems long after the flowers have fallen.

[email protected] new Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple top 20 Chelsea plant of the year #RHSChelsea

— Plant Heritage (@Plantheritage) May 18, 2015

• Watch the building of The Telegraph’s Chelsea Flower Show garden from start to finish

Salvia Love & Wishes, kent’s Dyson Nurseries #chelseaflowershow

— KentLife (@kentlife) May 18, 2015

I was surprised that the golden leaved Pyracantha ‘Golden Paradise’ from Hardys’s Cottage Garden Plants (GPF4) – the leaves keep their colour until the red berries ripen – did not even make the twenty plant shortlist, especially as so many of the entries were withdrawn at the last minute and this really is a genuine innovation. The fact that Ruby Beauty (‘Nr7’) (Thompson & Morgan), a dwarf and genuinely thorn-free raspberry failed to make the top three was also a surprise.

• Chelsea Flower Show: Paul Cummins reveals his 8ft tulip tower

Great new #ukbred Pyracantha Golden Paradise on @hardyplants display #RHSChelsea

— Neil Alcock (@NeilAlcock) May 19, 2015

• The most exciting products from the Chelsea Flower Show

The other finalists

  • Anigozanthos ‘Pink Pearl’. Exhibited by the National Dahlia Collection.
  • Antirrhinum Pretty in Pink (‘Pmoore07’). Exhibited by Hardy’s Cotttage Garden Plants.
  • Blechnum brasiliense Eruption (‘Alceru’). Exhibited by Bowden Hostas.
  • Camassia leichtlinii subsp.suksdorfii (Caerulea Group) ‘Maybelle’. Exhibited by Avon Bulbs.
  • Dianthus (Allwoodii Group) Tequila Sunrise. ‘Wp15 Pie45’ (Cocktails Series). Exhibited by Whetman Pinks.
  • Fuchsia ‘Pink Fizz’. Exhibited by Scotts Miracle Gro.
  • Gerbera Garvinea Sweet Surprise (‘Garsurprise’) (Garvinea Sweet Series). Exhibited by Birmingham City Council.
  • Gladiolus ‘Prima Verde’. Exhibited by Pheasant Acre Plants.
  • Iris ‘Poivre Rouge’. Exhibited by Cayeux Iris.
  • Lilium ‘Twyford’. Exhibited by H.W. Hyde.
  • Primula x anisodoxa ‘Kevock Surprise’. Exhibited by Kevock Garden Plants.
  • Raspberry Ruby Beauty (‘Nr7’). Exhibited by Scotts Miracle-Gro.
  • Rehmannia Walberton’s Magic Dragon (‘Walremadra’). Exhibited by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.
  • Restio tetraphyllus syn. Baloskion tetryphyllum ‘Cornish Gold’. Exhibited by Trewidden Nursery.
  • Rosa Susie (‘Harwhistle’). Exhibited by Harkness Roses.
  • Tiarella ‘Angel Wings’ (Fox Series). Exhibited by Plantagogo.
  • Viola ‘Frilly Dilly’. Exhibited by Victorian Violas.

All the winners and shortlisted plants are on display in the Grand Pavilion (stand GPI7).

• Buy tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show from our partners at Viagogo

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