Viburnum opulus

Viburnum opulus

Guelder rose

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Viburnum opulus
  • Common name: Guelder rose
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 8m

Spread: 4m

Flower colours:
  • Red
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

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The guelder rose, Viburnum opulus, is a hardy, vigorous native shrub suited to growing in woodland gardens or a shrub border. It offers interest for most of the year, bearing large, lacecap-like, white flowers from late spring to early summer, followed by bunches of small, bright red, fleshy fruit in autumn. Its deciduous, three-lobed, dark green leaves turn a striking shade of red before falling.

For best results grow Viburnum opulus in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to full shade. Once eastablished it will need little or no pruning.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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