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American Cranberrybush ViburnumViburnum opulus L. var. americanum Aiton

  • American Cranberrybush Viburnum bush - Viburnum trilobum
  • American Cranberrybush Viburnum - Viburnum trilobum
  • American Cranberrybush Viburnum - Viburnum trilobum

This durable, easy-to-grow plant will bring a variety of color to your landscape throughout the seasons. Spring flowers bloom snowy white, and the lustrous green foliage transitions to shades varying from yellow to red-purple in the fall. Bright red fruit also adorns the shrub from September through February.

The American cranberrybush viburnum works well as part of a privacy screen or informal hedge.

Hardiness Zones

The american cranberrybush viburnum can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 2–7. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering shrub, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The American cranberrybush viburnum grows to a height of 8–12', with an equal spread, at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The American cranberrybush viburnum grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and wet soils.


This shrub:
  • Produces showy white flowers in flat-topped clusters that are 3–4" in diameter and bloom in mid- to late May.
  • Yields edible bright red drupes from early September to February.
  • Features lustrous medium to dark green leaves that provide lovely fall color, turning a variety of hues from yellow to red-purple.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Makes an excellent choice for screening and informal hedges.

Wildlife Value

The fruit serves as food for various birds and wildlife.


The American cranberrybush viburnum was introduced in 1812.