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American Cranberrybush, Viburnum opulus var. americunum

Common Name: American cranberrybush

Type: shrub

Family: Adoxaceae

Zone: 2 to 7     Find Your Zone

Height: 8 to 12 feet

Width: 8 to 12 feet

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Fall Color: Reddish orange

Soil: well drained, moist loam, wide range of soils

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen 

Deer resistant: Yes

Pruning: Prune all Viburnum immediately after blooming, as they bloom on old growth and pruning in fall or winter will likely cut off all of next years flowers.

This amazing plant will survive the coldest winters in the U.S. and parts of Canada and reach far to the south. This plant provides a number of great characteristics and has a little something for each season. Beautiful red berries, resembling cranberries, appear in the fall and stays all winter. Spring brings beautiful white lacecap flowers that put on a show as all Viburnum do. This plants brilliant red foliar color is like none other, putting it on our list of brilliant fall color plants and trees.

This plant makes a great screen. For a shorter, more managable sized Cranberrybush there is Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' which grows to 6 feet tall and grows in zones 4 to 8.



STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-08-27T15:41:02+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL