Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'

Description: A popular vigorous deciduous shrub which in May and June is smothered with beautiful large, snowball-like clusters of white or green-tinted flowers which are quite stunning. The maple-like, fresh green leaves turn purple-tinted in autumn.

Uses: An excellent ornamental plant for a sunny shrub or mixed border.

Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade

Height/Spread: 3 metres x 3 metres (may eventually reach 5 m if left unpruned).

Soil Requirements: Moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil

Pruning: May be left without pruning.  When plants are fully established then removal of one third of the oldest shoots at ground level after flowering is recommended to maintain a good flowering plant.

Special Requirements:  Mulch of compost with fertiliser if rewquired applied after pruning will ensure healthy growth is maintained.

Additional Interest: This popular shrub is often listed as Viburnum opulus 'Sterile' which is a synonym of Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'   The many common names relate to its range of origin and therefore regional names. eg. Whitsun Boss because it flowers at the time of the Christian religios festival Whitsuntide, Guelder Rose from its Dutch name etc.

The national flower of Ukraine.