Viburnum ellipticum (Oregon Cranberry Bush)


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Plant Description: A multiple trunked, loosely branched, erect shrub that tends to grow both in height and in width, giving it a rounded shape. Viburnum ellipticum has hairy stalks with coarsely toothed oval to almost round leaves that are dark green and glabrous above, lighter green and covered with short stiff hairs below. The plant has large clusters of small white flowers, 1-2 inches across. Clustered fruits are orangish-red, elliptical in shape and turn shiny black in fall. Leaves change to a beautiful red in fall.

  • Height: Up to 15 ft
  • Width: Up to 10 ft
  • Watering needs: Low to moderate
  • Sun needs: Likes sun, tolerates dappled shade
  • Soil needs: Moderately acidic, well-draining soil
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
  • Portland Plant List (Backyard Habitat Certification): Yes

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: This native plant grows in thickets and open woods at low to mid elevations, 980-4500 ft (300-1400m).

This is a very showy shrub that attracts many pollinators. Viburnum ellipticum is also drought tolerant and great for restoration sites without much moisture.

*Photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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