E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Viburnum opulus L. var. opulus
European bush-cranberry (European cranberrybush)
Adoxaceae (Honeysuckle family)
(Previously in Caprifoliaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Viburnum opulus var. opulus
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Species Information

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Deciduous, erect, large shrub, 1-4 m tall; twigs glabrous; bark smooth, grey.
Opposite, stalked, broadly egg-shaped to nearly round in outline, 5-13 cm long, all deeply and sharply 3-lobed, coarsely blunt-toothed, nearly glabrous or hairy beneath on the veins; stalks with a shallow groove and small glands upward.
Inflorescence a flattish cluster of several to many flowers, 5-15 cm across, with sterile marginal flowers much larger than the fertile inner ones; petals white, fused at bases into tubes that spread (1.5-2.5 cm wide) to 5 large lobes in the marginal flowers, to 3-4 mm wide in the small inner flowers; stamens conspicuous, exserted of corolla, the filaments 3-5 mm long.
Berrylike drupes, clustered, scarlet, 0.8-1.5 cm long, each with a single, large, flattened stone.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist streambanks and lakesides in the steppe and montane zones; infrequent in WC, SC and SE BC; E to NF and S to PA, WY, ID, and WA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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