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Viburnum opulus /European Cranberry Bush

Viburnum opulus  / Viburnum opulus
Translucent fruit in late autumn
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Translucent fruit in late autumn

Closer up view of cluster of berries and foliage

Foliage and young developing berries

Late autumn berries

Berries suspended on long stems

A branch with colorful red berries

Spring flowers

Close view of the snowball-like flowers

Close view of floral display

Large, mature specimen in full spring bloom at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden

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Scientific Name: Viburnum opulus
Common Name: European Cranberry Bush
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants that Attract Birds
Shrubs, Fruiting
Comments: This viburnum is noted for showy creamy-white flowers in spring and its striking cherry-red fruit that are borne in clusters. The leaves resemble the foliage of maple trees. The form is upright with arching, multiple stemmed branches on mature plants. Plants grow in a wide range of conditions from full sunlight to partial shade and moist to dry soils. Cultivar 'Compactum' is more dense and compact and slower growing than the regular species.