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Viburnum opulus 'Aurea'

European Cranberrybush

Plant Type:


Viburnum opulus ‘Aurea’ – This form of the European Cranberrybush Viburnum has light yellow foliage. The color is soft and subtle. It holds the color fairly well through the growing season in open shade with some sun. Typical white cymes give way to red late-seasonal fruits – quite showy against the dull yellow foliage. V. o. ‘Aurea’ generally doesn’t have appreciable fall color though in some years a modest red infusion does become apparent.


8-12 ft


10 ft



Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum opulus 'Aurea'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade


  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Screen
  • Shrub Border

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.