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European Cranberry Bush
Scientific Name: Viburnum opulus L.
Family: Caprifoliaceae
European Cranberry Bush (Viburnum  opulus)
Viburnum opulus, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 270. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-9,14-24
USDA: 3-10

Sun Exposure: Sun to part shade

Origin: Eurasia, North Africa

Growth Habits: Deciduous, upright shrub, 10 to 20 feet tall and wide (3-6 m); smooth gray bark; deep green leaves with 3 lobes, 2.4 to 4.8 inches long and wide (6-12 cm), lighter underside

Watering Needs: Regular water, prefers fertile soil, accommodating about the pH

Propagation: Cuttings, seeds

'Roseum', also called 'Snow Ball', has flower clusters composed only of large sterile flowers.

Viburnum opulus, Bilder ur Nordens Flora, courtesy of project Runeberg

Blooming Habits:
White flowers in showy flat topped clusters, in late spring. The larger flowers, 0.4 to 0.8 inches in diameter (1-2 cm), on the outside of the cluster are sterile. The smaller ones, 0.12 to 0.16 inch wide (3-4 mm) are the ones that will produce the seeds.

Fruiting Habits:
Showy orange to red drupes (with 1 seed), 0.3 to 0.4 inch in diameter (7-10 mm), in terminal clusters. They are acidic, edible and juicy, ripening at the end of the summer.

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