top of page
This hardy shrub has beautiful foliage that offers a slight red edge when new, then turns a deep red in fall. Does not flower or fruit at a young age and only lightly thereafter.
Viburnum opulus 'americanum compactum''
Common Name 1
› Compact American Cranberry Bush
This compact form of American cranberry bush was discovered by Pat Perkins at Bailey Nurseries. Formerly called Compact American cranberry bush.
Med - Lg Shrub (usually >3' and never < 1.5')
Common Name 2
› Dwarf American Cranberry Viburnum
Common Name 3
› American cranberrybush
Western state native:
Scroll down for more information on each topic
Plant Maintenance Information
Landscape Application Information
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
best in good, well-drained, moist soil. Prefers loams with consistent moisture, but tolerates a wide range of soils.
Leaves simple, opposite, 3-lobed, 5-14 cm long, lobes acuminate, sometimes middle lobe elongated, dark green above; reddish tinge when new
Predominant flower color:
Flowers white, in 10 cm flat-topped clusters (cymes).
Fall Color Description:
Deep red leaves and fruits
Winter Interest Description:
Viburnum opulus synonymous with and formerly known as Viburnum trilobum, is native to swampy woods, bogs, lake margins, pastures, thickets, slopes and moist low places from New Brunswick to British Columbia south to New York, the Great Lakes, South Dakot
Used by Wildlife:
Prune just before the buds swell in late winter or early spring, or wait to prune it immediately after flowering. Do not prune more than one-third of the bush at this time. You can prune more branches the next year
Prune just before the buds swell in late winter or early spring, or wait to prune it immediately after flowering. Do not prune more than one-third of the bush at this time. You can prune more branches the next year.
Long Term Care:
Examine the shrub to gauge whether or not if it is overgrown and to look for the oldest, most unproductive canes. Prune them back flush to base of the shrub. Make sharp, clean cuts rather than tearing the wood. Now there is room for new, productive branch
Watch for aphids. Viburnum crown borer can cause stem dieback.
Some susceptibility to bacterial leaf spot, stem blight and powdery mildew. https://pnwhandbooks.org/plantdisease/host-and-disease-descriptions?title=Viburnu
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids. Viburnum crown borer can cause stem dieback. Some susceptibility to bacterial leaf spot, stem blight and powdery mildew.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
Alternate Source 1:
Alternate Source 2:
bottom of page