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Viburnum plicatum 'Kern's Pink'

Japanese Snowball Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum plicatum ‘Kern's Pink’ (syn. ‘Pink Sensation’) – This is a beautiful stable form of the Japanese Snowball Viburnum with showy rounded cymes consistently pink or white-maturing pink. Foliage emerges distinctly bronze-purple and retains some of the bronzing in the foliage throughout the growing season. Leaves turn rich red-purple in the autumn. We were briefly enamored with ‘Mary Milton’ with its lovely coral infusion in the pink flowers. But ‘Mary Milton’ had a wicked tendency towards reversions, not nearly as stable as ‘Kern’s Pink’. In our estimation ‘Pink Sensation’ a.k.a. ‘Kern’s Pink’ is a much better plant. Sorry, Mary.


8-10 ft


8-10 ft


Medium Pink


5 to 7(8)
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Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum plicatum 'Kern's Pink'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun


  • Specimen
  • Hedgerow
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit; V. nudum 'Winterthur' and V. nudum var. angustifolium will cross with each other. But V. nudum is very closely allied with V. cassinoides and all of these will cross pollinate and provide late season fruit. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum selection such as 'Shasta' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum selections. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. The berries are magnificent and so welcome in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown.