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Viburnum trilobum (American cranberry bush)

Viburnum trilobum Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Viburnum trilobum vy-BURN-um try-LOW-bum Common Name: American cranberry bush 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.
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, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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