Botanical Name: Viburnum trilobum
Common Name: American Cranberrybush Viburnum  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Fall, Persistent


Full, Half



Medium, High


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

American cranberrybush is a deciduous viburnum with a dense, rounded crown, growing about 8 to 12 feet tall with equal spread. The foliage is lobed like a maple leaf, and the dark green color turns red to purple in the fall. White, flat-topped flowers appear May or June, depending on the cultivar, and ripen to a brilliant red in September and October. Butterflies and birds are attracted to the shrub. Useful in shrub and foundation borders, or in a hedge or screen. Many cultivars are available.
Grow in well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Adaptive to a variety of soil types and pH. Shearing is to be discouraged; prune selectively as necessary to control size, though ideally it is left alone. Avoid shearing; prune selectively (see Guides).