Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush Viburnum

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The Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum 'Spring Red') is a beautifully colorful, dense, and compact shrub with a naturally upright, rounded habit. The flowers are fragrant and showy, white lacecap blooms in May and call pollinators in droves! Spring Red is grown for its foliage of a mass of red-tinged leaves in the spring which matures to glossy dark green by summer before it transforms into burgundy for autumn.

The flowers are followed by a heavy harvest of bright red berries in October or November. Birds and wildlife love them! Even though these typically have little or no fruit, there is just enough for the birds and some winter interest. But you'll enjoy less mess, so go ahead and use near sidewalks and around seating areas.

Using several shrubs also ensures the best berry production. You'll love how the sweet blossoms develop into bold orange-red berries that coordinate beautifully with the rusty-red foliage fall color. This variety of the native Viburnum is very hardy throughout USDA 3 to 7, these are incredibly cold hardy ornamental shrubs!

Planting and Application:

Use this Viburnum to make a superb and easy-to-grow border plant, or can also be grown as an exciting informal hedge. These colorful and naturally rounded shrubs look fantastic on the corner of your home's foundation or as the foundation shrubs themselves! You'll enjoy three-plus seasons of color and interest! Your butterflies and wildlife will adore these shrubs too!

Plant as low hedges and privacy that doesn't just block prying eyes or that eye-sore, while slowing wind, noise, and snow. These are also fantastic for rows and gropings that provide food and shelter for pollinators and songbirds! It's great to use in the background of a mixed shrub border. Plant them on the sunny side of taller evergreen trees, as well, to give them a little boost of visual interest.

  • Fragrant White Flowers in Spring
  • Gorgeous Pointed Lobed Leaves
  • Red Berries & Burgundy/Orange Foliage in Autumn
  • Cold-Hardy & Mid-Sized Shrubs
  • Foundation, Hedges, Low Privacy & Wildlife Interest

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Spring Red does not tolerate prolonged drought or dense shade. It prefers full sun but will grow in partial sun. It does best in moist, well-drained, loamy soils, but will tolerate less-than-ideal conditions and heavier clay soils. These are deer-resistant and juglone-tolerant shrubs that are very low-maintenance and carefree!

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. Remove the largest, thickest stems from the ground every 3 to 5 years and gradually rejuvenate your shrub. Leave the young stems in place, which will flower nicely for you next spring.

  • Sun To Part Shade
  • Moderate Moisture Needs & Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soil Type
  • Deer Don't Prefer The Taste - Juglone Tolerant
  • Cold Hardy Cultivar Native to North America

Handsome foliage and changing color throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush Viburnum is going to be your new favorite landscape workhorse! Order your garden upgrades from NatureHills.com today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush Produce Fruit?

The Spring Red will produce little to no fruit.

Does Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush Viburnum Spread?

The Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush can produce a few neat and compact thickets with a few suckers.

Do Viburnum Shrubs Lose Their Leaves in Winter?

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

How tall is the Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush?

The mature height of the Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush in optimal conditions is around 5-6 feet in height and 3-4 feet in width.

Will Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush grow in shade?

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

How do you care for a Cranberrybush 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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4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
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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
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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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Spring Red Compact Cranberrybush Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum trilobum 'Spring Red'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Red Tinged Green
Fall Color Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes