Viburnum - Alaskan Highbush Cranberry #2
Alaska Highbush Cranberry - Viburnum trilobum 'Alaska'
Height: 10 feet - Spread: 8 feet - Sunlight: full sun partial shade - Hardiness Zone: 2a
Description: A very attractive garden shrub which is covered in clusters of pure white pinwheel flowers in spring; bright red fruit is great for jams and jellies; hardy and adaptable, makes a great natural tall hedge
Ornamental Features: Alaska Highbush Cranberry features showy white lacecap flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It features an abundance of magnificent scarlet berries from late summer to late winter. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The serrated lobed leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The smooth gray bark and gold branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The round sour berries are most often used in the following ways:
Alaska Highbush Cranberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats.