Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum

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The trick for smaller yards is to choose a compact variety that stays naturally small - requiring no maintenance on your part helps too! Try the Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum 'Bailey Compact') if you want to have these wonderful details in a smaller space. It stays petite and well-branched, growing into a sweetly rounded ball!

One of the very best accent shrubs available on the market is Cranberrybush Viburnum. With their trident-shaped leaves, these attractive plants put on a big show each year. In spring, you'll be so pleased to watch the new leaves unfurl with a showy red edge. Once your bush is established in your soil, you'll also enjoy pure white flowers that are held in clusters above the foliage.

Each bloom has overlapping petals, for a cute little pinwheel effect. Butterflies adore these special lacecap flowers, and you will, too. The green foliage is densely held all the way to the bottom of each stem. No 'leggy' bare stems requiring facer plants are required either. Of course, it's the fall color display that people rave about. With its well-balanced branch structure and fantastic seasonal details, this is an exceptional choice that you'll never tire of.

Golden stems hold a lovely load of brilliant leaves that burnish into a wonderfully rich, deep red. This is a traffic-stopping shade of red that will make you stop and do a double-take. Don't go another year without this welcome, late-season intensity before the long, dark days of winter. Nestled here and there, you'll find a light sprinkling of bright red berry clusters. The fruit is edible and can be used in homemade 'Cranberry Sauce ' for your Thanksgiving turkey. Or, leave them for your local songbirds to feast upon.

You'll never worry about winter damage. These durable shrubs handle arctic cold snaps with ease down to USDA growing zones 3 and up to zones 8. This outstanding native selection of American Cranberry is a home run. Our expert plantsmen take great pride in growing high-quality plant material. Plant with other Bailey or Cranberrybush Viburnum to increase pollination.

Planting and Application:

When considering a new shrub, take a walk around your property. Where can you use a boost of bold color? Naturally dwarf shrubs like this one can fit just about anywhere in your landscape. Even if your yard is the size of a postage stamp, you can enjoy brilliant red fall color and a lovely, living privacy screen! Perhaps you need a colorful, showy shrub at the corner of your home to anchor your foundation planting and persistent berries for winter interest.

People love using these in low, long-running hedges for a solid privacy screen. They make a very friendly living fence along your property line. Use a hedge along your driveway to help catch snowfall and reduce shoveling needs. Add several behind your patio seating to boost your sense of sanctuary. It's the perfect stature for accenting narrow side yards and courtyards. Plant them 3 ½ feet apart on center for a quick screen, or use a staggered, zigzagging double row. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

If you are a bird lover or butterfly aficionado, you can use this shrub on the north side of a Butterfly Garden. Add one or more near your Victory Garden to entice winged wildlife with flowers and fruit. They'll love this dense, compact native shrub, too! Birds flock to the berries for winter sustenance and a snack while migrating! Besides, it's also a fun way to include flowering ornamentals as part of an edible landscaping design too!

  • White Flowers in Spring Turn into Red Fruit
  • Red Edges on New Leaves & Deep Red Fall Color
  • Tidy, Compact Form - Low Maintenance!
  • Versatile Native to North America
  • Wonderful Accent Shrub, Impressive Fall Color, Foundations & Courtyards

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This cultivar of the Viburnum American Cranberrybush is tolerant and forgiving. It grows in full sun and partial shade and in most types of soil. It will flower and color best with at least four hours of sunlight a day. Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. You'll want to apply a thick, three-inch layer of mulch over the roots to cut down on surface evaporation and improve your soil over time.

Nature Hills Root Booster is a great addition to the top few inches of planting backfill soil. The special ingredients help your plant access both nutrients and water from the soil over the course of its long life. This is well worth the investment! There really isn't a need for heavy pruning if you plan for the full height and spread of this shrub. Prune lightly to shape immediately after flowering is finished. This shrub blooms on last year's wood, so don't wait too long, or you'll miss out on next year's blooms.

  • Full Sun To Part Shade
  • Widely Adaptable Deciduous Shrub
  • Well-Drained Soil & Moderate Consistent Moisture
  • Deer Don't Prefer The Taste & Juglone Resistant
  • Provide Mulched Beds, Easy-Care & Low Maintenance

Enjoy this special shrub in your landscape, grown by the experts at It will look like a million bucks all growing season long and beyond! Choose the naturally dwarf Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum for your property - large or small - today before the next crop sells out!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Viburnum Bushes Fragrant?

The flowers on Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum have very little to no smell at all.

When Do You Prune Flowering Viburnum Shrubs?

Viburnum shrubs bloom on old wood, so it is very important to only prune them immediately after the flowers fade. Should you wish to enjoy the fruit that forms after the flowers fade, then do not prune, instead remove one-third of the oldest, fattest stems that are no longer as vigorous. Pruning them out at the ground level. This leaves fruit for birds and winter interest and increases overall plant vigor while reducing the size of your shrub.

Do Viburnums Like Full Sun or Shade? What is the Best Location for Viburnum?

Viburnums in general need full sun for the most fruit and flowers, but also do well in partial shade and afternoon shade. Highly adaptable, they enjoy mulched, enriched, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. They need regular moisture while young, but once established will only need supplemental moisture during extreme heat and drought.

Does Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum Produce Fruit?

Compact Cranberrybush Viburnum has fruit that matures to a bright red in the fall when another Viburnum trilobum is planted nearby.

Does Viburnum Spread? How tall does Bailey Cranberrybush Viburnum get?

Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum can form suckers at the base of the plant, but these can be removed when pruning after flowering or mowed down if you do not wish them to spread. Not invasive, these plants will politely form tidy thickets over time when allowed. Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum can grow 5-6 feet tall and wide in optimal conditions.

Do Viburnum Shrubs Lose Their Leaves in Winter?

Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum can have striking red fall color and is a deciduous shrub that will lose its foliage for the winter.

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Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum trilobum 'Bailey Compact'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable to Most Soils
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green With Red
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering