Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

European Cranberrybush Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum opulus Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Related Cultivars:

    Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'
    Viburnum opulus 'Nanum'
    Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 8-12'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Upright: spreading
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Is similar to the American Cranberrybush viburnum (V. trilobum) and sargent viburnum (V. sargentii), but is inferior due to poor fall color and a susceptibility to aphids. There are several common cultivars of this species.

  • Pollination of viburnums:

    As are most viburnums, this species is self-sterile (cannot pollinate itself) and therefore requires another individual of the same species nearby for pollination and subsequent fruit display. Using clonal plants (cultivars) may be desirable where uniformity is important, but a planting of a single cultivar will bear few fruit.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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