This month I’ll be having a peek at one of my favourite shrubs:
Also know as the Guelder Rose, Viburnum opulus is a shrub or small tree which is native to Britain. It has lovely white flowers in Spring, followed by bright red berries in September and often a glorious red autumn leaf colour too.
It seems it will grow pretty much anywhere. The one pictured gets rather soggy every winter and thrives in the clay soil, but I’d give it a try almost anywhere but real extremes. They grow to about five metres tall and a bit less than that across; there is a compact variety called (with great imagination) ‘Compactum’ which reaches about 1.5-2m. There is also a yellow leaved variety available called ‘Aureum’ and its leaves are a pretty yellowish lime green, but I’ve found it’s rather prone to scorching.
At home in a native woodland, or an ornamental scheme, grown as a shrub or perhaps on a single stem as a small tree Guelder Rose is a really adaptable, beautiful plant. You know, I think it’d look great with a clematis scrambling through it, preferably one with attractive seedheads for a really good autumnal display…