Scientific Name: Viburnum opulus var. americanum
Common Name: American cranberry bush, highbush cranberry
Family Name: Viburnaceae
Origin: North America
Hardiness Zone: Zone 2: (-46 to -40 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 2 - 3m (height x width)
Habit: Open, Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical, Round
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, Attract butterflies, Fall interest, Group or mass planting, Hedge row, Herb, Mixed shrub border, Native planting, Reclamation, Screening, Spring interest, Summer interest, Tall background, Urban agriculture, Waterside planting, Wildlife food, Winter interest, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Bog, Humus rich
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Heavily veined, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Pubescent, Obovate, Pinnately lobed, Serrate
Flowers: Cyme, White, May-Jun
Fruit: Drupe, Edible, Orange, Red, Aug-Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Shrub up to 4m tall; leaves opposite, irregularly dentate with 3 lobes toward the apex half of blade, most blades obovate, 13-17cm long x 12-16cm wide, pubescence usually only on underside veins, petiole with shallow grove and small glands; inflorescence hydrangea-like, outer sterile florets about 2cm wide, petals fused at base, white, inner fertile florets 3-4mm wide; drupes cranberry-like, most 8-11mm wide, scarlet red, edible. Winter ID: smooth grey bark, twigs glabrous, lateral buds opposite, smooth, most 8-10mm wide