American cranberry bush

Viburnum trilobum

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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American cranberry bush (Viburnum trilobum)
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Genus:  Viburnum
This deciduous, rounded shrub grows to 15 feet tall with maple-like, lobed, dark green leaves that turn shades of red, yellow, and purple in autumn. White flowers resembling lace-cap hydrangeas bloom in spring and are followed by abundant red fruit loved by birds. Grow in a woodland garden or border, or as a wildlife plant.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Foliage shaped like maple leaves. Showy flowers in late spring followed by edible, red fruit. North American native.
Care:  Grow in full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of most any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in autumn, in a cold frame or seedbed. Take greenwood cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Insects such as aphids, scale insects, weevils, Japanese beetles, mealybugs, and treehoppers are common, while Botrytis, rust, mildews, wood rot, Verticillium wilt, leaf spots, and dieback also occur.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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