Compact European Cranberrybush Viburnum

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Small, but mighty! The Compact European Cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus 'Compactum') is a small, mounded, dense shrub with a robust, full look, and stays quite a bit smaller than other Viburnums. You'll love the lush look of the densely branched shrub. Light and airy lacecap blooms are the ideal landing pad for pollinators and when combined with the tri-lobed foliage, it's a sight to behold!

In spring, the butterflies will come to visit the large, white lacecap flowers and once they fade you will be left to enjoy the red-tinged, lobed foliage that resembles maple leaves! Then, in the fall, your local songbirds will enjoy eating the bright red, showy fruits in winter. Keep your eyes open, as some of the berries ferment - It's not uncommon to see Robins or returning migratory birds get a little tipsy from eating the fruit after it has gone through freeze/thaw cycles.

New tri-lobed leaves have a reddish tinge, which is quite attractive. In autumn, the leaves develop a beautiful mix of burgundy, purple or red fall color. Very cold-hardy throughout the USDA growing zones 3 to 8, this Cranberrybush is a bit more heat tolerant compared to others in the family! Only growing 4-5 feet in mature height, this variety can reach a mature width of 5-6 feet wide. For maximum berry production, plant other Compact European Cranberrybushes or other Cranberrybush Viburnums!

Planting and Application:

This Viburnum variety is a low-maintenance deciduous shrub, and is excellent as a foundation plant or low hedge! This beautiful ornamental shrub will even work under windows and not obstruct your view. Spruce up a fenceline or rock wall by creating winding or straight rows, or groupings of 3 or 5 shrubs along the edge of your property!

Because of its small, mounded habit - and the fact that it is much more densely leafed than the majority of Viburnum, you'll be able to use this as a screening plant in small yards. Once the snows fall, you'll appreciate the winter interest and color that the shiny red berries show, sometimes persisting until spring - if the birds haven't carried them all away first! Dense habitat and shelter for songbirds and wildlife, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better all-round shrub for your garden!

  • Dainty Airy Lacecap White Blooms
  • Red-Tinged Lobed Foliage & Bright Red Showy Fruit & Wonderful Fall Color
  • Compact, Rounded Growth
  • Attracts Butterflies & Birds
  • Hedge, Property Division, 4-Season Color & Winter Interest

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Easy-care Compact European Cranberrybush Viburnum is adaptable to permanently moist to wet soils, poor soils, soils of various pH and even tolerant of urban pollution. Simply ensure it has adequate water for it to truly thrive. With regular moisture, it will perform beautifully for you in the landscape.

Wait to prune until after those amazing flowers are finished in spring. It's rare to need to tip prune, but you can shorten up the ends of branches right after flowering if you'd like. You can also skip tip pruning and renewal prune only if you wish to have fruit for birds. Renewal pruning removes the largest, thickest stems from the ground every 3-5 years to gradually rejuvenate the shrub. Leave the young stems in place, which will flower nicely for you next spring.

  • Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Adaptable to Dry to Wet Well-Drained Soil
  • Provide Mulched Beds & Moderate, Regular Moisture
  • Prune After Flowering To Deadhead & Shape Shrub
  • Deer Don't Prefer The Taste & Juglone Resistant

If you have a small lot, or just want a tidy shrub with a lot of nice ornamental features - order the Compact European Cranberrybush Viburnum today! Let help you add beauty to your landscape!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Compact European Cranberrybush Produce Fruit?

The Compact European Cranberrybush will produce bright red fruit and is mostly self-fertile, but for larger crops, plant multiple European Cranberrybushes.

Does Compact European Cranberrybush Viburnum Spread?

The Compact European Cranberrybush produces very few suckers.

Do Viburnum Shrubs Lose Their Leaves in Winter?

The Compact European Cranberrybush is a deciduous shrub that will drop its leaves each fall.

How tall is the Compact European Cranberrybush?

The mature height of the Compact European Cranberrybush in optimal conditions is around 4-5 feet in height and 5-6 feet in width.

Will Compact European Cranberrybush grow in shade?

This Viburnum grows best in full sun and partial shade, for the strongest growth, best color, and flowering.

How do you care for a Cranberrybush Viburnum Bush?

These are incredibly easy-care shrubs that need full sun or partial shade in a well-drained, moderately moist environment. Well-drained enriched soil and mulched beds are preferred.

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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
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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
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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
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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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Compact European Cranberrybush Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Lobed Green
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Bright Red Berries in Fall
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No