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VIBURNUM opulus 'Wentworth'

Image of Viburnum opulus var. americanum 'Wentworth'

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

VIBURNUM opulus var. americanum 'Wentworth'

Plant Common Name

American Cranberrybush, Highbush Cranberry, Wentworth American Cranberrybush

General Description

Wentworth American cranberrybush (syn. V. trilobum 'Wentworth')is a wonderful deciduous shrub that develops a pleasing round, mounded habit when mature. A close cousin of the European cranberrybush, it occurs naturally in northern North America. Its attractive, medium green leaves are maple-like in appearance. This cultivar was selected for its abundance of showy fruits and flowers. In late spring to early summer, many flat clusters of white flowers appear, followed by berry-like fruits that are yellow and turn bright red in fall.

The best fruiting occurs in full sun, but American cranberrybush can also take part shade, and likes moist soil with average drainage. This shrub can be used in shrub borders, for a screens, hedges, or as foundation plants. Wentworth cultivar's fruit can be made into preserves, but has a slight bitterness to the flavor.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, North-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Crimson

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Crimson

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes