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Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'
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red guelder rose

'Roseum' is a large, bushy deciduous shrub with 3- to 5-lobed leaves turning reddish in autumn. Creamy-white sterile flowers in dense rounded clusters to 6cm in width. No fruit

Other common names
red snowball tree
snowball
see moreWhitsuntide boss
rose elder [2]
snowball tree [2]
Synonyms
Viburnum opulus 'Sterile'

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 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 Red
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Viburnaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils

Propagation

Propagate by softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

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

Pruning group 8. Tolerates hard renovative pruning

Pests

Aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot

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