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Viburnum opulus ‘Xanthocarpum’ (European Cranberrybush)

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Viburnum Opulus Xanthocarpum,European Cranberrybush 'Xanthocarpum',Guelder Rose 'Xanthocarpum', Water Elder 'Xanthocarpum', Cramp Bark 'Xanthocarpum', Snowball Tree 'Xanthocarpum', Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, white flowers, fragrant shrubs

Viburnum opulus ‘Xanthocarpum’ (European Cranberrybush) is a dense, deciduous shrub adorned with glossy apple green, maple-like leaves that turn attractive shades of yellow or pink in the fall. In late spring, creamy-white flowers in flattened clusters are elegantly held above the foliage at the tips of the arching branches. Rich in nectar, they are loved by butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. In early fall, they give way to clusters of ornamental, translucent, bright golden-yellow berries, which will persist if not eaten by the birds. Lovely addition to the landscape with a long season of interest.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 6-8 ft. tall and wide (180-240 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, hedges and screens, and foundation plantings.
  • Attractive to birds and butterflies.
  • Low maintenance, this plant may be affected by aphids, viburnum beetle, and leaf spot.
  • Prune after flowering, unless fruit is required.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer.
  • Viburnum opulus species is native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Northern Asia.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Snowball Tree, Guelder Rose, Viburnum, Cramp Bark
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Snowball Tree, Guelder Rose, Viburnum, Cramp Bark
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spread 6' - 8'
(180cm - 240cm)
Spacing 72" - 96"
(180cm - 240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden
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