American cranberry bush Viburnum trilobum Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 American cranberry bush (Viburnum trilobum) vy-BURN-um try-LOW-bum 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 Related Plants to Viburnum trilobum 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 'Regent' serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hedgehog rose Rosa 'Frau Dagmar Hastrup' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Hedgehog rose Rosa rugosa var. alba 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 'Polar Ice' rugosa rose Rosa rugosa 'Polar Ice' View the discussion thread.