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Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'

Guelder rose

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

White

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (18968)

Plant details

A familiar native shrub of moist hedgerows, the guelder rose or European cranberry bush is a large spreading bush with vigorous greyish stems and maple-like leaves, which colour up an opulent red in autumn. It is too burly for most gardens, where 'Compactum' is a more suitable choice, growing up to 1.5m (5ft) high, but usually less. Despite its reduced size, it flowers and fruits freely, the conspicuous lace-cap heads of white summer blooms giving way to bright-red, translucent berries, which often survive into winter. To propagate, take cuttings in summer. Viburnum is best grown in sunny or semi-shaded sites in deep, fertile, not too dry soil. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Viburnum

Species: opulus

Cultivar: Compactum

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: June to July

Flowering period: May to June


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