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Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American Cranberrybush)

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With four seasons of interest, Viburnum opulus var. americanum (American Cranberrybush) is a dense, rounded, deciduous shrub with upright spreading or arching branches. In spring, it produces showy, lacy, white flowers in flat cymes, 3 in. wide (7 cm), of tiny fertile florets surrounded by an outer ring of larger sterile florets. Rich in nectar, they are loved by butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. In late summer, the attractive blooms give way to drooping clusters of ornamental bright red berries that persist from fall through early winter. Showy when viewed up close or from a short distance, they often persist into winter and are quite attractive to birds and wildlife. Tasty, the fruits can be eaten fresh from the shrub or used to make jams and preserves. In the fall, the elegant foliage of three-lobed, maple-like, dark green leaves turns a brilliant red. A very rewarding shrub that is good-looking, durable, and easy to grow.

  • Grows up to 8-12 ft. tall and wide (240-360 cm).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, moist, well-drained soils. Prefers loams with even moisture but tolerates a wide range of soils and moisture conditions. Drought and clay soil tolerant.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, striking hedges and screens, and foundation plantings.
  • Attractive to birds and butterflies.
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious insect or disease problems, but watch for occasional aphids, leaf spot, stem blight, and powdery mildew.
  • Prune as required immediately after flowering.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Highbush Cranberry, Viburnum, American Cranberry Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' - 12'
(240cm - 3.7m)
Spread 8' - 12'
(240cm - 3.7m)
Spacing 120" - 144"
(3m - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rocky Mountains, Northeast, Southeast, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Indiana, Washington, Idaho, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana, Wyoming
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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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)

Recommended Companion Plants

Acer rubrum (Red Maple)
Cornus sericea (Red Osier Dogwood)
Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold)
Sambucus canadensis (American Elderberry)

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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 2 - 7
Heat Zones 1 - 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Highbush Cranberry, Viburnum, American Cranberry Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 8' - 12'
(240cm - 3.7m)
Spread 8' - 12'
(240cm - 3.7m)
Spacing 120" - 144"
(3m - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rocky Mountains, Northeast, Southeast, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Indiana, Washington, Idaho, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana, Wyoming
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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