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Viburnum opulus 'Compactum' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Origin

Native to the UK

Toxicity

The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Pink and Purple in Autumn

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

compact 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

'Compactum' is a compact medium-sized deciduous shrub with 3- to 5-lobed leaves turning purplish-pink in autumn. Flat heads of small fertile flowers in early summer, surrounded by creamy-white sterile ones, and followed by bright red berries

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Suitable for shrub border or woodland garden. Grow in any moist but well-drained soil

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

aphids and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot