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Guelder Rose

Viburnum opulus

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Adoxaceae (Moschatel)
Type:
Deciduous shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
5 white petals, the outer ones being larger than the inner ones. Flowers appear in flat-topped clusters which resemble umbels.
Fruit:
Drooping clusters of scarlet red berries.
Leaves:
A deciduous shrub with similar-looking leaves to Maple. The leaves are deeply-lobed with 3 to 5 lobes. The leaves turn orange or red in autumn.
Maximum Size:
4 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
The fruit is edible, raw or cooked. If eaten raw, it is very bitter and should be eaten in small amounts as it contains some toxins. Eating large amounts may cause vomiting or diarrhea. The fruit can also be cooked and used to make jellies and jam.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers have a strong fragrance.
Other Names:
American Cranberry Bush, Cramp Bark, Dogberry, European Cranberry Bush, Gatten, Red Elder, Snowball Tree, Water Elder.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Fens, hedgerows, riversides, scrub, woodland.