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PlantFiles: American Cranberry Bush (Tree), Crampbark Tree, Wild Gueldes-Rose, Gueldres-Rose, Dog Rowan Tree
Viburnum opulus var. americanum

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Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: opulus var. americanum

Synonym:Viburnum opulus subsp. trilobum
Synonym:Viburnum trilobum

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Herbs
Shrubs

Height:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive yarily_holp On Jun 2, 2007, yarily_holp from Philadelphia, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This shrub has maple-like leaves and nice fall color. It can get large, about 10 feet tall, and given time can spread and form a kind of thicket that is a good screen in summer. It flowers a fair amount even in shade, but needs sun to produce much fruit.

Positive Lady_fern On Oct 22, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The flowers and berries on this native shrub are lovely and make it worthy of any yard. It does get large, so site accordingly. Ours make a dense hedge along one side of the back yard. The branches will root where they touch the ground, so it is easily propagated. Pinching new growth in the spring helps it to branch and grow with a better form. Although this is a shrub for sun, we have some growing under a pine tree and others under a pecan tree. They are smaller than the ones in the sun, but are just as healthy and beautiful.

Neutral nekko2 On May 2, 2004, nekko2 wrote:

We have a hedge of this bush down one side of our property--bushes are now 15 years old, and some have died completely. We want to re-interplant with new ones. The wood and berries have a rotten odor when they are crushed or pruned--very unexpected to me. the fall color is beautiful, and we had a flock of cedar waxwings come thru every February and feed off the
leftover berries. The bushes seem to get weedy as they grow, not filling out as we would like. Any pruning hints would be appreciated.

Neutral Copperbaron On Jan 29, 2002, Copperbaron from Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

The American cranberrybush is native to the northeastern and northwestern US and is found in low rich woods and borders of fields from New Jersey, Michigan, and Oregon northward. It grows from 8'-10' high with generally erect branches. The showy, snow white flower clusters are 3"-4" across and bloom in early June. The red fruits ripen late in the season and persist into winter. The fruits are edible, but sour and persist into winter. Fall foliage is red to purple. It prefers well drained, moist soil in sun to partial shade.

The american cranberrybush is useful in shrub borders, as a small flowering tree, bird attract and, in hedges, as a barrier, and is useful for flowers and fruit.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Effingham, Illinois
Wheaton, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Logansport, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Prospect, Kentucky
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Morris Plains, New Jersey
Fargo, North Dakota
Chillicothe, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Portland, Oregon



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