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Viburnum opulus var. americanum 'Jewell Box'

American Cranberrybush Viburnum

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Viburnum opulus var. americanum 'Jewell Box' - ​This is a lovely dwarf American Cranberrybush Viburnum that grows a mere 18 inches tall with a spread of 24 to 30 inches over the course of many years. Clean green summer leaves bridge bronze-red new growth, white spring flowers and burgundy fall color. We haven't seen any fruit yet... maybe we will but if this true dwarf is trapped as a genetic juvenile then maybe we won't! 'Jewell Box' is perfect in the foundation, the rock garden or a step down shrub as the grounded tier before larger background shrubs. It's a wonderful addition in the world of Viburnums. Site in plenty of sun planted in fertile draining soil. Cutting grown.


18 in


24-30 in




(3)4 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum opulus var. americanum 'Jewell Box'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedgerow
  • Edging
  • Foundation
  • Rock Garden
  • Labyrinth
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Draining
  • 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.