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Plant of the Month - Viburnum opulus, Guelder rose

PUBLISHED: 08:33 29 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 20 February 2013

Plant of the Month - Viburnum opulus, Guelder rose

Plant of the Month - Viburnum opulus, Guelder rose

This deciduous is easy to grow and bears glossy red berries

Plant of the month


Viburnum opulus, Guelder rose



  • deciduous shrub or small tree

  • lacecap flowers late spring to summer

  • autumn foliage

  • bunches of glossy red berries


Growing notes



  • easy to grow

  • vigorous, bushy

  • hardy

  • part shade

  • well-drained, moist, light soil

  • cuttings June to September

  • can trim to shape after flowering


Tidy up
Prepare the garden for winter. Cover tender plants or bring in to protect from frost and cold. Tidy borders as most herbaceous plants will have finished flowering. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent water-logging. Dont feed garden plants in this dormant time.


Coming up roses
This is an ideal time to plant roses. Avoid planting where roses have previously grown. Lightly prune bush roses to prevent wind-rock. Climbing roses can be pruned now too. Collect fallen rose leaves and burn or discard.




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