Since then I have thought countless times how lucky I was that this native shrub was suggested to me as it provides so much interest in several seasons. It is not a true cranberry but rather a species of Viburnum growing approximately 15 feet high. They prefer full sunlight and slightly moist conditions in woods or by streams but they are tolerant of some shade and slightly drier soil. After purchasing my two plants I did find a wild specimen on our property. Tucked away under a poplar it is growing in slight shade in a damp spot next to the roadside.
I discovered this plant as it is easily identifiable by its leaves which look like that of a maple.
|Easy to mistake these for maple leaves but they appear on a bushy shrub|
The tips of the branches tend to die back over winter thus promoting bushy growth each spring making it quite dense. Birds apparently like the dense nature of this shrub as it provides great coverage for them but they also appreciate the red berries this plant sports in fall.
In June the flowers begin to form
Which then turn to berries in July
By August the fruit is fully formed
and continues to ripen throughout the fall
While the berries can hang on throughout the winter my shrubs have already been well picked over by the birds now at the end of October.
The two shrubs I purchased have been placed front and center in the middle of our circular driveway next to a mature birch where I can see them throughout the seasons and watch their progress. They have been a beautiful addition to our yard and I'm glad to have them.
If you would like to see more wildflowers or participate in Wildflower Wednesday please pop on over to Gail's blog, Clay and Limestone, where every fourth Wednesday of the month we celebrate the wild side of our gardens.