Guelder Rose

Viburnum opulus

Cramp Bark, Cranberry, Dog Eller, Dog Rowan, European Cranberry Bush, Gatten, Gatten Tree, Marsh Alder, Ople Tree, Red Elder, Snowball Tree, Water Elder, Whitten Tree, Viburnum, Cranberry Viburnum

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A close up of some white Viburnum opulus flowers
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This upright deciduous shrub can get to 5m tall. It has maple-like, palmately lobed leaves which turn pink or red in autumn. In spring it produces flat clusters of small white flowers surrounded by larger sterile flowers, followed b translucent red berries.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood or hardwood.

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Adoxaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Can be attacked by Aphids and viburnum beetle as well as suffer from leaf spot.
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