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.

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