European cranberry-bush viburnum is an attractive, multi-season interest shrub, but it has become an invasive plant in some states and is not recommended. The similar, native American cranberry-bush viburnum (Vibrunum opulus var. americanum) is a more recommended substitute. It has the same ornamental features and is native to North America.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil,
- Wet soil
- Wet sites,
- Alkaline soil
Season of Interest:
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
8 to 12 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide.
This plant is not recommended because of its invasive tendencies.
Tree & Plant Care
Prune after flowering.
May need to remove stems to control suckering.
Disease, pests, and problems
Viburnum crown borer and viburnum leaf beetle are possible problems.
Native geographic location and habitat
Europe and Asia
Found in wet, swampy sites.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple leaves in pairs (opposite).
Dark green, three lobed leaves (somewhat maple-like).
Fall color is red or red-purple.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Lace cap type flower clusters (small, fertile flowers surrounded by showy, sterile flowers); white.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Red, berry-like fruits (drupes) resembling cranberries; edible.