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American cranberry bush

Viburnum trilobum

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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 CharacteristicsFoliage shaped like maple leaves. Showy flowers in late spring followed by edible, red fruit. North American native.

CareGrow in full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of most any moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil.

PropagationSow seed in autumn, in a cold frame or seedbed. Take greenwood cuttings in summer.

ProblemsInsects 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.

  • Genus : Viburnum
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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