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Viburnum opulus
Viburnum opulus

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Zones A2, A3, 1-9, 14-24, 29-43
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Viburnum opulus

European Cranberry Bush
Caprifoliaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries

VIBURNUM

Large, diverse group of plants with generally oval, often handsome leaves and clusters of typically white, sometimes fragrant flowers. Blossoms are usually followed by single-seeded, often brilliantly colored fruit much appreciated by birds. Many viburnums are grown for their flower display, a few for their showy fruit. Many evergreen types are valuable as foliage plants. Several species can be grown as small trees.

Viburnum opulus

Deciduous, from Europe, North Africa, and central Asia. Grows to 8–15 ft. tall and wide, with arching branches. Lobed, maplelike dark green leaves to 2–4 in. long and as wide or wider. Fall foliage color may be yellow, bright red, or reddish purple. Blooms in spring; flower heads have a lacecap look, with a 2–4-in. cluster of small fertile blossoms ringed with larger sterile blossoms. Large, showy red fruit persists from fall into winter. Takes moist to boggy soils. Control aphids.

‘Aureum’. Golden yellow foliage. Give some shade to prevent sunburn.

‘Compactum’. Like the species but smaller—to 4–5 ft. tall and wide.

‘Nanum’. Grows to 2 ft. high and wide. Needs no trimming as low, informal hedge. Cannot take poorly drained, wet soils. No flowers or fruit.

‘Roseum’ (‘Sterile’). Resembles the species but has snowball-like flower clusters 2–2 1/2 in. across, composed entirely of sterile flowers (so bears no fruit). Aphids are especially troublesome.

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