Guelder-rose - Viburnum opulus

Alternative names
Guelder Rose

Shrub to 4 metres, with angled young twigs. Flowers white, in broad flat topped clusters 4.5 to 10.5 cm across, inner florets fertile 4 to 7 mm surrounded by a few large sterile flowers 15 to 20 mm. Berry is shiny red when ripe.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows and woodland on damp soils.

When to see it

June and July.

Life History


UK Status

Frequent throughout most of Britain, less common in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 308 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map