Viburnum opulus var. americanum — Overview

American Cranberrybush Viburnum learn more about names for this taxon

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American Cranberry Bush has attractive flowers, foliage, drupes, and autumn coloration. Because birds consume the drupes sparingly, they often persist during the winter. The edible drupes have a tart flavor that is similar to cranberries. However, it is best to use them before a hard frost occurs, which can degrade their flavor. American Cranberry Bush is very similar to fertile cultivars of European Cranberry Bush (Viburnum opulus), and it is sometimes regarded as a variety of this latter shrub (Viburnum opulus americanum). The European Cranberry Bush occasionally escapes from cultivation. It prefers habitats that are similar to those of American Cranberry Bush and it is potentially invasive. These two shrubs differ from each other as follows

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