Guelder Rose Trees

Viburnum opulus


The Guelder Rose Tree is a vigorous shrub like tree with balls of creamy white lacy flowers in late spring and early summer. Broad oval deep green leaves turn red in autumn with beautiful bunches of bright red berries.
Suitable for garden, hedging and woodland. Fully hardy, likes sun and most soil.


Botanical name

Viburnum opulus

Ultimate height and spread

5 metres x 4 metres

When to plant



A vigorous deciduous shrub or tree with broadly oval lobed green leaves turning red in autumn. Their creamy white lacy flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Bunches of bright red fruit give much pleasure in the darker months.

Fully hardy, the Guelder rose can be grown in sun or semi-shade and deep not too dry soil. To thin out overgrown plants, cut out older shoots after flowering.

Low maintenance, they will benefit from a good weed, mulch and compost in spring. Suitable for all gardens, hedging and woodland. The fruit helps feed our birds and other wildlife.

Common Name: Guelder rose
Latin Name: Viburnum opulus
Soil: Tolerates most soil types
Habit: Vigorous and bushy
Position: Sun and semi-shade
Flowering period: Spring
Colour: creamy white
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Eventual Height x Spread: 3m x 2.5m / 10ft x 8ft
Special features: Good year round interest


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