Viburnum opulus var. americanum 'Bailey's Compact'

American Cranberrybush Viburnum

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Viburnum opulus var. americanum ‘Bailey’s Compact’ – This American Cranberrybush Viburnum, from Bailey Nursery, St. Paul, Minnesota, is a smaller dense growing rounded form with consistent striking rich to bright red fall color. The white flowers are 3” to 4.5” diameter in opening in mid to late May. Relatively large red late season glossy fruits are edible, used in preserves… if you don’t harvest them the birds will! Taxonomists have correctly classified V. trilobum to this new moniker which identifies the too close genetic links to keep them any longer separated... that is until they change their minds.

This from Stephen P. (NC) on 5.2.2019: " I received the 2 “Bailey’s” yesterday, and they look great!  I was also very impressed by the way that they were packaged, and handled.  Thanks so much!  I am giving them a day to recover from their 2 day trip, and will be planting this evening." Happy planting, Stephen.


5-6 ft


5-6 ft


Item Description Price  
VIBOPUBAI Viburnum opulus v. amer. 'Bailey's Compact' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $30.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum opulus var. americanum 'Bailey's Compact'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedgerow
  • Specimen
  • Foundation
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit; V. nudum 'Winterthur' and V. nudum var. angustifolium will cross with each other. But V. nudum is very closely allied with V. cassinoides and all of these will cross pollinate and provide late season fruit. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum selection such as 'Shasta' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum selections. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. The berries are magnificent and so welcome in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown.