Guelder Rose Overview
Viburnum opulus is an upright deciduous shrub from the Adoxaceae family, reach 5m in height. It has maple-like, hand-shaped, lobed leaves which display attractive autumn colouration, turning pink and red in autumn. Commonly known by the names Guelder Rose, Red Elder, Marsh Alder and Snowball Tree, amongst others. This hardy shrub grows in a wide range of light and soil conditions. In spring it produces flat clusters of small white blooms surrounded by larger sterile flowers, leading onto translucent red berries. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!