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Growing Viburnum

Growing Viburnum

Compact American Viburnum

Compact American Viburnum item #21180

A number of excellent shrubs for the landscape, including some North American native species. Viburnum trilobum, called American Cranberry or Highbush Cranberry, is hardy in zones 2 to 7 and produces attractive edible but bitter fruit eaten by wild birds or used to make jelly or jam. Viburnum opulis, or European Cranberrybush, is hardy in zones 3 to 8. Both species are good for screens and foundation plantings, attract butterflies, and can be grown around ponds or in rain gardens. Plant bare root Viburnum in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost in spring. Prepare a hole 12 to 18 inches wide and deep amended with compost or other organic matter. Plant with the roots slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.


For full sun to part shade in moist to wet, well-drained soil. Low-maintenance and easy-to-grow. Generally does not need pruning, but can be trimmed back to maintain height.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy shrubs for moist conditions include Bergeson Compact Dogwood (20329), Hydrangea, and Ruby Spice Summersweet (20307).

Complimentary Products

Light to moderate feeders that benefit from occasional fertilization. Other hardy shrubs that attract butterflies include Buddleia and Lilac.

Product Recommendations

Use Serenade Garden Disease Control (50297) to treat powdery mildew.

Viburnum Facts

Rarely troubled by pests or diseases. Aphids, leaf spot, and powdery mildew are occasional problems. Viburnums produce fruit that is often eaten by wild birds.

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