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Viburnum opulus | Guelder Rose Hedging

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A Guelder Rose sporting elegant white blooms followed by red fruits and fine autumn foliage

Viburnum opulus, but often named as 'Guelder Rose', is an attractive hedging plant grown for its elegant white blooms which appear from late spring. A lovely woodland specimen, Guelder Rose later produces vivid red fruits and stunning autumn foliage, adding ornamental beauty to your garden all year round!

  • Supplied As:  Bare root
  • Height on Arrival:  50 - 80cm
  • Features:  White flowers, red fruits, autumn colour
  • Habit:  Upright, bushy
  • Deciduous?:  Yes

Your hedging plant will be sent directly from our trusted grower. This means that you'll receive a nursery fresh plant which was on the growing table one day, and at your door the following. Our expert nursery has spent decades perfecting the art of watering, feeding, and pruning shrubs and trees, and will do so until hours before they are packed.

With its beautiful flowers and fine autumn colour, this Guelder Rose will prove a great hedging plant to grow. Below we address its care:

  • This Viburnum can be planted between November and March, when it's dormant. Before planting, ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
  • Viburnum opulus will appreciate most soil types, as long as they are well-drained. It can be grown in full sun, part shade, and even full shade.
  • Prune in winter, just after planting, and for two years after that. When planting, cut back leading shoots and side shoots by one-third to a well placed bud. Repeat this in the second winter to prevent straggly growth and thicken up the hedge base. Then trim every June after that.
  • Your can maintain this hedging plant at 90 - 180cm (3 - 6ft) or as taller hedges or screens.
  • Distance each plant ideally 60cm (2ft) apart.

Please note, as part of protecting our treasured wildlife, always check for birds nests and other animals that may be in your hedge before you prune.

The key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a shrub's eventual height and spread.

Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

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Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No