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Introducing Viburnum opulus, also known as the Guelder Rose or Snowball Tree, a versatile and attractive deciduous shrub that adds beauty and interest to any garden or landscape. This classic shrub features a rounded form with maple-like, deeply lobed leaves that turn vibrant shades of red and purple in the fall. In late spring to early summer, ‘Opulus’ produces large clusters of showy white flowers that resemble fluffy snowballs, creating a stunning visual display.
‘Opulus’ typically grows to a height of 8-12 feet and spreads about 10-15 feet, making it suitable for borders, hedges, or as a specimen plant in mixed borders. Plant it in a position that receives full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Spring or autumn is the ideal time for planting, allowing the shrub to establish its root system before facing extreme temperatures.
Viburnum opulus is highly attractive to pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, thanks to its abundant nectar-rich flowers. By providing a valuable food source, ‘Opulus’ contributes to the support of local pollinator populations, enhancing the biodiversity of your garden. Additionally, its dense foliage provides shelter and nesting sites for birds, further enriching the ecosystem. Embrace the beauty and versatility of Viburnum opulus and create a garden sanctuary that delights both humans and wildlife alike.