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Viburnum opulus
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guelder rose

V. opulus is an upright deciduous shrub to 5m, with maple-like, palmately lobed leaves which turn pink or red in autumn, and flat clusters of small white flowers surrounded by larger sterile flowers, and followed by translucent red berries

Other common names
crampbark
cranberry
see moredog eller
dog rowan
European cranberry bush
European cranberry tree
gatten
marsh alder
ople tree
red elder
rose elder
snowball tree
water elder
whitten tree
gatten tree [3]

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Pink Red Red
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Viburnaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with opposite, simple or palmately lobed leaves and clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Eurasia N W Africa

How to grow

Cultivation

Suitable for shrub border or woodland garen. Grow in any moist but well-drained soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Coastal
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot

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