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Guelder Rose

Viburnum opulus

Also known as

Cramp Bark, Cranberry, Dog Eller, Dog Rowan, European Cranberry Bush, Gatten, Gatten Tree, Marsh Alder, Ople Tree, Red Elder, Snowball Tree, Water Elder, Whitten Tree, Viburnum, Cranberry Viburnum, Red elder

Viburnum opulus, (auch Gemeiner Schneeball, Herzbecher, Blutbeere, Geißenball, Wasserholunder) (8995319229) by Heribert Pohl --- Thanks for half a million clicks! (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Guelder Rose

Some white Viburnum opulus flowers and green leaves
A photo of Guelder Rose
A photo of Guelder Rose
A photo of Guelder Rose

Guelder Rose Overview

Viburnum opulus is an upright deciduous shrub from the Adoxaceae family, reach 5m in height. It has maple-like, hand-shaped, lobed leaves which display attractive autumn colouration, turning pink and red in autumn. Commonly known by the names Guelder Rose, Red Elder, Marsh Alder and Snowball Tree, amongst others. This hardy shrub grows in a wide range of light and soil conditions. In spring it produces flat clusters of small white blooms surrounded by larger sterile flowers, leading onto translucent red berries. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Guelder Rose

How to harvest Guelder Rose

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Guelder Rose



Softwood or hardwood.

Special features of Guelder Rose

Hedge plant

Other uses of Guelder Rose

Banks, hedging, specimen, ornamental fruit. Spring/Summer interest.

Summer flowering garden shrubs

These summer flowering shrubs are perfect additions to a garden to provide pollinators with habitat, shelter and food.

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Looking good in October - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in October, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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