Guelder Rose Hedging – Viburnum Opulus Roseum


Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’, known as the Guelder Rose, is a popular deciduous hedging plant in the UK. It is admired for its stunning blooms, brilliant berries, vibrant autumnal colours, and substantial wildlife benefits.


Guelder Rose Hedging – Viburnum Opulus Roseum

Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’, known as the Guelder Rose, is a popular deciduous hedging plant in the UK. It is admired for its stunning blooms, brilliant berries, vibrant autumnal colours, and substantial wildlife benefits.

Description and Characteristics

The Guelder Rose typically grows to a height of 2-4 metres (6.5-13 feet) when used for hedging, but can reach up to 5 metres (16 feet) as a standalone shrub. Its lobed, maple-like leaves are bright green, turning to a stunning reddish-purple in autumn.

This plant boasts a moderate growth rate, gaining about 20-40cm (8-16 inches) per year, and can live up to 50 years, providing decades of interest in the garden.

Flowering, Fruits, and Reproduction

The Guelder Rose is best known for its showy, snowball-like clusters of white flowers, which appear in late spring. These flowers are sterile and attract a host of pollinators.

Following the flowering period, the plant produces bunches of glossy, bright red berries in the autumn. These berries are not typically consumed by humans due to their bitter taste but are adored by birds and other wildlife.

Benefits to Wildlife

The Guelder Rose offers considerable benefits to wildlife. Its flowers attract various pollinators, including bees and butterflies, while the berries are a favourite of birds and mammals. Moreover, the dense foliage offers excellent shelter and nesting sites for birds.

Ideal for British Gardens

The Guelder Rose makes a great addition to British gardens due to its year-round interest, wildlife value, and adaptability. It is suited to a range of soil types and light conditions, from full sun to partial shade, and is hardy enough to withstand the UK’s variable weather conditions.

As a hedge, it forms a dense, attractive barrier, and as a standalone shrub, it makes a beautiful, eye-catching specimen. Its bright autumn colours, combined with the snowball-like blooms and red berries, make it a popular choice for ornamental and wildlife-friendly gardens alike.

Distribution in the UK

While not native to the UK, the Guelder Rose is widely cultivated and can be found throughout the country in gardens, parks, and green spaces.

In summary, the Guelder Rose, with its beautiful blooms, striking berries, autumn colours, and extensive wildlife benefits, is an excellent choice for British garden designs. Whether you’re creating an attractive hedge, a wildlife-friendly garden, or simply want a plant that offers year-round interest, Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ is a splendid choice.


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Foliage Type




Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

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