Viburnum opulus var. opulus 'Compactum'
Common name: 
Compact European Viburnum
vi-BER-num OP-u-lus OP-u-lus
Adoxaceae, Caprifoliaceae
Viburnum opulus 'Compactum'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous shrub, dense and compact, about half the size of the species (to 4-6 ft (1.2-1.8m) tall.  Leaves opposite, 5-10 cm long, with pointed lobes, a few disk-like glands on grooved petiole.  White flowers are in flat-topped clusters typical of the species as are the spherical, bright red fruit.

  • Sun to part shade.  Adaptable to extremes of soil and pH.  Fruits best in full sun.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3     Caution: The species and its selections have invasive tendencies and it is found in the wild from Newfoundland to southern British Columbia and south to Virginia, eastern Nebraska, western South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. (

  •  Be aware that the varietal designation ‘Compactum’ is also applied to a selection of American Cranberry Viburnum (V. trilobum, now  V. opulus var. americana) and also Koreanspice Viburnum (V. carlesii).
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  • plant habit, fruiting

    plant habit, fruiting

  • leaves and fruit clusters

    leaves and fruit clusters