• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Viburnum opulus 'Aureum'

guelder rose 'Aureum'

  • Other common names guelder rose 'Aureum'

  • Synonyms Viburnum aureum

  • Family Adoxaceae

  • 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

  • Details 'Aureum' is a vigorous, bushy deciduous shrub with maple-like, 3-lobed, bright yellow leaves and flat clusters of small white flowers surrounded by larger sterile flowers, in early summer, followed by red berries

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Shade

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

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 Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8 after flowering unless fruit is required

Pests aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases May be affected by a leaf spot

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