Red Balloon® Viburnum

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Sometimes showy plants are divas. They require a lot of care and coddling. Red Balloon® Viburnum (Viburnum x 'Redell') is the exact opposite of that! This show-off is super easy to grow, even for the novice gardener! Gorgeous upright and rounded shrubs, these midsized ornamental deciduous plants reach a 6-8 feet mature height and width.

The deep green leaves unfurl in early spring, followed by pretty white flower clusters in April and May. But Red Balloon® really revs up come late summer when the flowers are replaced by very showy clusters of bright red berries. The clusters are fist-sized and look from a distance as if the shrub is covered in sparkling ruby-colored balloons. The foliage also lights up the autumn with wine-red color until frost!

The quilted green leaves are heavily textured and the flowers look like enormous fizzy foamy clusters of white. If you plant it with Mohican or Alleghany Viburnum, the pollination will make the berries even more spectacular! Think of all the floral bouquets and fall décor craft projects you'll enjoy, indoors and out with these vibrant shrubs! Plant among Winterberry Holly bushes and other Viburnum for berry-licious displays in summer, fall and persisting into winter!

Planting and Application:

This mid-sized ornamental shrub doesn't take up a lot of room at the back of your border or along your fence. It will quickly grow to its full size with very little muss or fuss from you! But the show it will put on is twice that big! These are fantastic front and back-yard landscaping shrubs! You'll be in disbelief each spring and fall as your shrub alights in showy displays! Be sure to plant one or more in a very conspicuous place so you don't miss a minute of the show! Encircle a seating area in seclusion and color, or add life and color to a mixed-shrub border that also provides lush privacy and screening!

Incredible songbird habitats and wildlife draw, the blooms alone will support all of your local pollinators! Create shelterbelts, groupings and en masse swaths of plants that attract loads of backyard dwellers, but no deer! These shrubs form polite suckers at their bases and create thickets and naturalized swaths of incredible color but are readily controlled with a once-a-year pruning if spreading is not desired.

  • Pretty White Flowers & Incredibly Showy Red Fruit Clusters
  • Textured Deep Green Leaves
  • Attracts Wildlife, Songbirds & Pollinators
  • Big Shrub to Fill in a Big Space
  • Summer to Autumn Color, Hedges, Privacy & Naturalizing

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Super easy to grow in part sun to full sun, and appreciates moisture, these are cold- hardy shrubs in USDA growing zones 4 through 8. Viburnum fruit best in full sun but will also grow and flower beautifully in partial shade. Preferring moist, well-drained soil, these are widely adaptable to most soil types and moisture levels once established! Prune only after the flowers fade, though you will miss out on those colorful berries! To control the size and maintain vigor without missing out on fruit, renewal prune by removing the largest and oldest stems each winter to rejuvenate your shrub, and suckers can be removed at any time down to the ground. Resistant to deer, Black Walnut tree juglone, and cold, there's little that fazes these deciduous shrubs!

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Adaptable to Most Well-Drained Soil Types
  • Provide Mulched Beds & Moderate, Regular Moisture
  • Prune After Flowering To Deadhead & Shape
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste & Juglone Resistant
  • Easy-Care & Low Maintenance

Red Balloon® Viburnum will elevate your garden to higher places! Add head-turning curb appeal to your landscape today with these impressive four-season shrubs today from!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Viburnum Bushes Fragrant?

The flowers on the Red Balloon® Viburnum do not have much of a fragrance, nor does it smell bad either!

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 Red Balloon® Viburnum Produce Fruit?

The Red Balloon® Viburnum will produce red fruit that matures black in the fall but they need another similar Viburnum such as Alleghany or Mohican Viburnum planted nearby for cross-pollination.

Does Viburnum Spread? How big does Red Balloon® Viburnum get?

Red Balloon® 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 it to spread. Not invasive, these plants will politely form tidy thickets over time when allowed. Red Balloon® can grow to a 6-8 foot tall and wide shrub in optimal conditions.

Do Viburnum Shrubs Lose Their Leaves in Winter?

Red Balloon® Viburnum is a deciduous Viburnum and will drop its leaves in the fall.

What Color Are Red Balloon® Viburnum In The Fall?

Red Balloon® has bright yellow to red fall color in addition to those red and black berries!

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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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Red Balloon® Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Viburnum x rhytidophylloides 'Redell'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moist
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering