Viburnum opulus var. americanum
American Cranberry Viburnum

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunPart ShadeBird FriendlyFall Color
DESCRIPTION
American Cranberry Viburnum
Viburnum opulus var. americanum  syn with Viburnum trilobum 

Flat-topped clusters of white flowers up to 4" across bloom in May, providing nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers are followed by clusters of brilliant red fruit staying on the plant into late winter when they are finally eaten by birds. New leaves have a reddish cast while fall foliage is yellow through red-purple.

BENEFITS
  • Flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
  • Plants provide good nesting sites and cover for birds
  • Red-purple foliage contrasts with blue-black fruit in the fall
  • Berries are a great source of winter food for birds and other wildlife
  • Good plant for screening or a large hedge
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Damp thickets, low woods and swamps; Newfoundland to British Columbia south to Washington, Iowa, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

 

Interesting Facts

 

The brilliant red fruits are edible but quite sour and have been used for preserves since colonial times. They tend to be hard, marble-like or bitter after they form, thus persisting through the early winter. As the fruit matures and goes through winter, it eventually becomes palatable and highly sought by wildlife.

 

GROWING TIPS

 

Plant in full sun to part shade. Grows best in well-drained, moist soil. Makes a good hedge or privacy screen.

 

Mature Size: 8-10ft. Tall x 8-10ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-7

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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