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Viburnum opulus 'Kristy D.'

European Cranberrybush

Plant Type:


Viburnum opulus 'Kristy D.' (syn. 'Variegata'; ex: Jonathan Lehrer) - All leaves are irregularly splashed and streaked with sunny yellow; that is, when a branch opts to variegate in a given season - all on the same wood. This is a curious, mercurial plant in that one year there will be little or no variegation apparent while it erupts with lots of variegated leaves in the next season - always a surprise. The golden parts of the foliage age to white. From beguiling and showy bright green buds emerge enlarging light, very bright balls of densely-packed green flowers which mature white. The flowers while developing positively glow and stand in striking contrast to the variegated leaves. Wow! This is one rare and beautiful addition to the exceptional world of viburnums. Taxonomists have tightened the "rules" with plant monikers to eradicate as much as possible confusion relating to similar but different forms. What had been 'Variegata' is now 'Kristy D.' - one and the same. Cutting grown.



8-10 ft


6-8 ft


Green with White


(3)4 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum opulus 'Kristy D.'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Specimen
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow

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.