Great Plants this Month Winter

Viburnum opulus ‘Xanthocarpum’ AGM

image of Louise Sims
Louise Sims

Yellow-fruited guelder rose – I’ve been admiring this guelder rose for weeks. It all starts when the shrub is still in leaf; then, as the season progresses, the gorgeous, amber coloured, translucent berries stand out more and more on their winter bare stems. And I’m not the only one who appreciates it; the little robin in my photo is unusually shy but she sits very happily among the berries, does she feel safer being so well camouflaged I wonder?

‘Xanthocarpum’ is a large (3-4 m), hardy, deciduous shrub, with lace-cap type white flowers in late spring to early summer, but it remains average for me, on the scale of interest, until autumn, when the showy and abundant fruits start to make their mark. We had a small group of visitors to our garden in late September at which time it was already attracting comment; and it’s still going! There is a form called ‘Xanthocarpum Compactum’ which is offered by Monksilver Nursery in Cambridgeshire; however, I have no experience of growing it, but it could be very useful if space is at a premium?

Also known to attract many types of pollinating insects, in our garden the birds tend to leave the berries alone until later on. It is the perfect shrub for the wilder, informal type of garden, and would grow happily in the boundary hedge or woodland edge. Don’t be put off by reading that this viburnum prefers neutral to acid soil because it’s a very easy growing shrub and can in fact tolerate a wide range of soil types.

NB Louise has published a beautifully produced book of her plant profiles – A Plant for Each Week of the Year. It costs £9.99 and is for sale in our online shop here.

More NB If you’d like a bit more gardening chitchat from the3growbags, please type your email address here and we’ll send you a new post every Saturday morning.

By the3growbags

We're three sisters who love gardening, plants and even the science of horticulture but we're not all experts. We'd love everyone even remotely interested in their gardens to be part of our blogsite.

2 replies on “Viburnum opulus ‘Xanthocarpum’ AGM”

Ooh, I’m off to find a viburnum opulus xanthocarpum – what a gorgeous pic – it would make a great Xmas card!
Love all the decorative ideas, particularly the wild clematis.

Thank you for all your enjoyable and informative blogs – Saturday’s just wouldn’t be the same without them!
Wishing you all a very Merry Xmas and healthy and happy gardening 2022!

with love from Susie

Susie that is such a lovely comment – thank you! Saturdays wouldn’t be the same for us without sharing them with you through our blog. This shot of Louise’s viburnum is tremendous isn’t it!
We wish the same for you – a happy sense of wellbeing throughout the next year! kindest regards from us all X

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.