Dwarf Cranberry Viburnum Shrub| Landscaping Ideas | Planting Tips

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Cranberry Viburnum

The Cranberry viburnum is a dwarf variety that was developed in France in 1841. It does have white flowers occasionally, but not as frequently as the original Viburnum opulus.

Where this shrub shines is as a foliage plant. The leaves have an interesting shape and texture.

As a dwarf plant, it is easy to use anywhere you need to fill in an empty space.

The foliage has a red tinge when new, and in the fall the red comes back as a burgundy or rust highlight. The foliage is dense during most of the year. After the leaves drop in fall, a tight grouping of twigs makes for winter interest with their pleasant reddish orange coloring.

This plant is sensitive to drought, so plant it in an area that will not drain too quickly.

It is also known as cramp bark, Pembina and guelder rose.

Landscaping Ideas

Cranberry viburnum is a perfect choice for foundation plantings, mass plantings and mixed borders. It would look nice along a picket fence.

It is a good choice in place of evergreens so you get a different texture and color. This is also a great choice because it requires very little maintenance. It is a good planting choice for a rock garden.

The maple shaped leaves make a nice contrast to the stones and gravel. Plant with other border shrubs or trees. It contrasts nicely with Japanese maple or other dwarf plants. This plant makes a nice short informal hedge as well.

Planting and Care Tips

Plant your Cranberry viburnum in full sun or partial shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil. It will adapt to many conditions, but it does not like extremes such as drought or saturation.

When it is stressed by these extremes, it may fall prey to aphids. Aphid activity should be addressed with an insecticide such as Sevin or Orthene.

The Cranberry rarely if ever requires pruning. Its dense growth habit shapes it quite nicely. Water regularly to keep it happy.

This plant can also be a decent bonsai subject.

Check out the Cranberry viburnum at Nature Hills Nursery, they have a 2 gallon plant for $37.95.

Cranberry Information

  • Scientific Name: Viburnum opulus 'Nanum'

  • Best Soil: Adaptable to many soils

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Growth Rate: Slow

  • Foilage: Green maple shaped leaves

  • Fall Color: Burgundy or rust highlights

  • Bloom: Occasional white blooms

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 2 or 3 feet tall and wide in a rounded form

  • Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 18 inches apart for a hedge

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