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Viburnum opulus

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum opulus 'Aureum'

A bright gold-yellow foliage form of V. opulus.  Slower growing than the species but ultimately maturing to 9' tall and 7' wide.  Flower clusters are a flat-topped cyme with an outer ring of sterile flowers and a center ring of fertile florets.  Foliage is a reasonably good yellow when emerging but fading to yellow green.  In hot, full sun the color is either lost or burns, so growing in afternoon shade is advisable, making it a good contrast plant.  Fruit is bright red, persisting into winter, drying like red raisins.  Zone (3)4

USDA Hardiness Zone:



9 Feet


7 Feet

Viburnum opulus 'Aureum' Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Part Shade to Full Shade

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late May

Fragrant Flowers

  • No


  • Bright red
  • Persistant