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European Cranberrybush Seeds (Viburnum opulus) - Zone 3-8 - 50+ Seeds

European Cranberrybush Seeds (Viburnum opulus) - Zone 3-8 - 50+ Seeds

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Viburnum opulus, commonly known as Guelder Rose, is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 4-5 meters tall. It is renowned for its attractive three-lobed, maple-like leaves which turn a stunning reddish-purple in autumn. The leaves are 5-10 cm long and broad, with a rounded base and coarsely serrated margins. In early summer, it produces showy white flowers in large corymbs, each comprising a ring of outer sterile flowers surrounding a center of small, fertile flowers. These flowers are highly beneficial to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Following the blooming period, the shrub bears bright red drupes containing a single seed each. These berries are technically edible but very bitter, often used to make jellies.

Viburnum opulus is adaptable to a variety of soil types and prefers moist, moderately alkaline soils. It is commonly used as an ornamental plant for its flowers and berries, and as a component of hedgerows and naturalistic plantings. Although native to Europe, northwestern Africa, Asia Minor, the Caucasus, and central Asia, it has naturalized in North America.

Cold Hardiness Zone: Zone 3-8
Seed Source: Hungary
Stratification: 3 months warm followed by 2 months cold
Planting Instructions: Plant seeds in moist, well-drained soil. Ensure they are lightly covered with soil and kept consistently moist. Seedlings should be protected from extreme weather and strong winds. Prefers full sun to partial shade for optimal growth and flowering.

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