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Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

red guelder rose

Family

Adoxaceae


Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with opposite, simple or palmately lobed leaves and clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries

'Roseum' is a large, bushy deciduous shrub with 3- to 5-lobed leaves turning reddish in autumn. Creamy-white sterile flowers in dense rounded clusters to 6cm in width. No fruit

Other common names

  • red snowball tree
  • rose elder
  • snowball
  • snowball tree
  • Whitsuntide boss

Synonym(s)

  • Viburnum opulus 'Sterile'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows well in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Loam, Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8. Tolerates hard renovative pruning

Pests

Aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot