Cranberry Vibernum

Vibrant Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum

  • Deep Red Fall Color
  • Red Edges on New Leaves
  • Tidy, Compact Form
  • Wonderful Accent Shrub
  • White Flowers in Spring Turn into Red Fruit Once Established
  • Deer Don’t Prefer The Taste
  • Sun To Part Shade
  • Cold Hardy
  • Native to North America
  • Versatile

Even if your yard is the size of a postage stamp, you can enjoy brilliant red fall color and a lovely, living privacy screen. The trick is to choose a compact variety that stays naturally small.

One of the very best accent shrubs available on the market is Cranberrybush Viburnum. With their trident-shaped leaves, these attractive plants put on a big show each year. And…we mean big. The species can easily grow 10 or more feet tall and wide.

Try Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum ‘Bailey Compact’) if you want to have these wonderful details in a smaller space. It stays petite and well-branched, growing into a sweetly rounded ball.

You’ll never worry about winter damage. These durable shrubs handle arctic cold snaps with ease.

In spring, you’ll be so pleased to watch the new leaves unfurl with a showy red edge. Once your bush is established in your soil, you’ll also enjoy pure white flowers that are held in clusters above the foliage.

Each bloom has overlapping petals, for a cute little pinwheel effect. Butterflies adore these special lacecap flowers, and you will, too.

Naturally dwarf shrubs like this one can fit just about anywhere in your landscape. The toothed, “tri-lobed” leaves adds texture all season-long.

The green foliage is densely held all the way to the bottom of each stem. No “leggy” bare stems, or facer plants required.

Of course, it’s the fall color display that people rave about. Golden stems hold a lovely load of brilliant leaves that burnish into a wonderfully rich, deep red.

This is a traffic-stopping shade of red that will make you stop and do a double take. Don’t go another year without this welcome, late season intensity before the long, dark days of winter.

Nestled here and there, you’ll find a light sprinkling of bright red berry clusters. The fruit is edible, and can be used in homemade “Cranberry Sauce” for your Thanksgiving turkey. Or, leave them for your local songbirds to feast upon.

How to Use Bailey Compact American Cranberrybush Viburnum in the Landscape

When considering a new shrub, take a walk around your property. Where can you use a boost of bold color?

Perhaps you need a colorful, showy shrub at the corner of your home to anchor your foundation planting. With it’s well-balanced branch structure and fantastic seasonal details, this is an exceptional choice that you’ll never tire of.

People love using these in low, long-running hedges for a solid privacy screen. They make a very friendly living fence along your property line.

Use a hedge along your driveway to help catch snowfall and reduce shoveling needs. Add several behind your patio seating to boost your sense of sanctuary. It’s the perfect stature for narrow side yards and courtyards.

Plant them 3 ½ feet apart on center for a quick screen, or use a staggered, zigzagging double row. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

If you are a bird lover or butterfly aficionado, you can use this shrub on the north side of a Butterfly Garden. Add one or more near your Victory Garden to entice winged wildlife with flowers and fruit. They’ll love this dense, compact native shrub, too.

Tips for Care

This cultivar of American Cranberrybush is tolerant and forgiving. It grows in full sun and partial shade and in most types of soil. It will flower and color best with at least four hours of sunlight a day.

Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. You’ll want to apply a thick, three-inch layer of mulch over the roots to cut down on surface evaporation and improve your soil over time.

Garden Center Point Root Booster is a great addition to the top few inches of planting backfill soil. The special ingredients help your plant access both nutrients and water from the soil over the course of its long life. This is well worth the investment!

Prune lightly to shape immediately after flowering is finished. This shrub blooms on last year’s wood, so don’t wait too long, or you’ll miss out on next year’s blooms.

There really isn’t a need for heavy pruning if you plan for the full height and spread of this shrub. Enjoy this special shrub in your landscape. It will look like a million bucks!