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Viburnum opulus 'Xanthocarpum' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Pink and Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

yellow-fruited 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

'Xanthocarpum' is a large deciduous shrub with maple-like leaves turning yellow or pinkish in autumn. Creamy-white flowers in flattened heads are followed by translucent deep yellow berries

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-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 or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Wildlife Gardens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8. Tolerates hard renovative pruning

Pests

aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a leaf spot