American Cranberrybush Viburnum

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SKU
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American Cranberrybush (Viburnum opulus var. americanum (formerly Viburnum trilobum)) is a deciduous shrub that (although not related to the true cranberry commercially grown for food), provides both ornamental interest and an edible harvest. Choose one as a specimen plant or use several as they're also effective in small masses and borders.

American Cranberrybush has a spreading nature with dense foliage and a rounded habit. Your American Cranberrybush (also known as Highbush Cranberry), has a lot to offer. Round, flat flowerheads (consisting of tiny, white florets), and many pollinators, will adorn your Cranberrybush in spring. What a delightful herald to the upcoming summer season!

The flowers later give way to clusters of red berries that decoratively dangle from the bush in autumn. The lobed, dark green leaves are reminiscent of maple leaves and contribute to the American Cranberrybush's full, vibrant appearance. A purplish-red fall color completes this remarkable shrub's list of sterling attributes.

The red berries are edible directly from the bush (but very tart and acidic) and are often used in jams and jellies. They are also a particular draw for your yard's birds, as the berries tend to cling to the bush through the winter months. With optimal conditions, it can live up to 40 years! Even though birds and other wildlife will enjoy the dense foliage and fruit of your American Cranberry, more destructive wildlife, such as deer, tend to leave it alone.

Planting and Application:

Amazing flowers for pollinators, edible fruit for you and birds, and 3-season foliage color make the American Cranberrybush a truly remarkable shrub for the home landscape! Easy to care for, it has a multi-stemmed, upright spreading habit, and fills out right to the ground, so you won't need to couple it with facer plants.

Add as a specimen to light up your home, or soften a corner planting and enliven your home's foundation. Create a row of privacy between your front yard and the street, or as a screening division along your side and backyard to create garden rooms and seclusion. Create hedgerows and shelterbelts with these larger shrubs while slowing wind and drifting snow!

  • Lacy Clusters of White Blooms
  • Spring Flowers For Pollinators
  • Edible Red Fruit, Bird-Friendly & Wildlife Interest
  • Hardy Native With Colorful Foliage
  • Incredible Fall Color
  • Pollinators, Bird-Friendly, Screening, Specimen & Focal Point

#ProPlantTips for Care:

American Cranberrybush Viburnum prefers well-drained soils with more moisture than average but is a relatively hardy shrub overall. It will do well in both full sun or part shade, or even full shade (but you'll have fewer flowers and fruit in full shade). Water regularly to establish, but after these are resilient fruiting shrubs that can be drought tolerant, you'll have stronger growth and more fruiting when watering during summer and drought. Mulch the root system well with 3-4 inches of arborist bark chips, but be mindful not to allow them to pile up against the trunk.

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 prune removes the largest, thickest stems from the ground every few years. This will rejuvenate your shrub. Leave the young stems in place, which will flower nicely for you next spring.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade & Full Shade
  • Highly Adaptable to Most Well-Drained Soil
  • Easy Care - Prefers Moist Soil Types
  • Deer Tend to Leave This Plant Alone - Juglone Tolerant
  • Self-Pollinating, But Plant More Than One V. trilobum for Best Berry Production

Overall, the American Cranberrybush is an exceptional choice for a hardy shrub that presents ornamental interest, as well as provides a tasty fall treat for both yourself and your feathered friends. Buy yours today at Nature Hills!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the American Cranberrybush Viburnum Produce Fruit?

American Cranberrybush Viburnums produce edible red fruit in the fall. For larger harvests, plant multiple V. trilobum bushes together.

Does American Cranberrybush Viburnum Bushes Spread?

The American Cranberrybush Viburnum creates small thickets by producing suckers. These are easily removed with annual pruning if they are not desired.

Do American Cranberrybush Shrubs Lose Their Leaves in Winter?

American Cranberrybush is a deciduous shrub that will drop its leaves each fall.

How tall is the American Cranberrybush Viburnum?

The mature size of the American Cranberrybush in optimal conditions is around 8-12 feet in height and width.

Will American Cranberrybush Viburnum grow in the shade?

This Viburnum needs to be planted in full shade and partial shade to achieve the strongest growth, best color, and flowering.

How do you care for a Viburnum Bush?

These are incredibly easy-care shrubs that need a sunny, moderately moist environment. Well-drained enriched soil and mulched beds are preferred.

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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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PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

American Cranberrybush Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-7
Growing Zones 2-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum opulus var. americanum
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Adaptable to Most
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red, Purple
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant No