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American Cranberrybush ViburnumViburnum opulus L. var. americanum Aiton

  • American Cranberrybush Viburnum bush - Viburnum trilobum
Excellent fall foliage color which may be yellow, red, orange or burgundy is just one of the many attributes of this large and attractive native shrub. Showy, snow-white, flat-topped flowers are 3"-4 1/2" in diameter that bloom in mid to late May. Beginning in September, bright red fruits serve as food for birds and wildlife. Grows 8'-12' high with an equal spread. Prefers good, well-drained, moist soil and partial shade to full sun.

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

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.