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Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'
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compact guelder rose

'Compactum' is a compact medium-sized deciduous shrub with 3- to 5-lobed leaves turning purplish-pink in autumn. Flat heads of small fertile flowers in early summer, surrounded by creamy-white sterile ones, and followed by bright red berries

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Pink Purple Red
Winter
Position
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
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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