Guelder Rose

Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus) is a deciduous shrub native to Europe, northern Africa, and Asia. It’s known for its clusters of white or creamy flowers in spring and bright red berries in late summer and early autumn.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous shrub with a rounded habit and lobed, dark green leaves that turn red in autumn. It produces clusters of white flowers followed by red berries.


The Produce

These blooms are often referred to as lacecap or snowball-like clusters.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by red berries in autumn.


The Leaves

The leaves are palmately lobed, with three (sometimes five) lobes. They are dark green during the growing season, turning shades of red, purple, or yellow in the autumn.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in woodlands and wetlands.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and berries. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Guelder Rose is known for its attractive autumn foliage and its clusters of red berries, which are often used in winter decorations.

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