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Viburnum opulus

Guelder rose

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour

Red, White


Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Viburnum opulus

Plant details

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.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Viburnum

Species: opulus

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Red, White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 0cm

Spread: 0cm

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