Viburnum trilobum 'bailey compact' vs viburnum opulus 'compactum'

Asked May 9, 2016, 8:29 PM EDT

Hello, What is the difference between the 2 shrubs in the title? Which of these shrubs is superior and better tolerates part shade. Thank you! Lindsey

Ramsey County Minnesota viburnum

1 Response

Viburnum trilobum is the North American native highbush cranberry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viburnum_trilobum

while viburnum opulus is a European native:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viburnum_opulus

The landscape use of these two plants is similar. Both can withstand part shade, although flowering will be reduced. Both produce showy white flowers in the spring and persistent fruit in the fall. Both stand about 5 feet tall with a spread of 5 feet. Here are a couple of references:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=255712&isprof...;
http://plants.bachmanslandscaping.com/12070012/Plant/2056/Compact_American_Cranberry