This native viburnum offers ornamental interest throughout the seasons; flowers in spring, red fruit in late summer, and red fall color. This American species (Viburnum opulus var. americanum; syn. Viburnum trilobum) is a better choice than the similar European cranberry-bush which has become an invasive plant in some areas.
This species is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Elderberry
- Family (botanic) Adoxaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Medium shrub (5-8 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7
- Soil preference Alkaline soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Occasional flooding, Road salt, Wet sites
- Season of interest mid spring, late spring, late summer, early fall, mid fall
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Arching, Multi-stemmed, Round, Upright
- Growth rate Moderate