Foliage and fruits
ColouRful and usually fragrant flowers are the most appealing feature of so many viburnums, but autumn foliage colour – plus colourful autumn and winter berries – add immeasurably to their appeal.
Their autumn colour is often fiery, and can be truly dramatic. for red, orange and yellow tones, look to varieties of V. carlesii, V. dilatatum, and those of our native guelder rose, V. opulus. for richer wine-red and purplish tones, consider V. sargentii and forms of V. plicatum.
When it comes to berries, often they’re red, dripping from the plants in glossy clusters in the case of most forms of V. opulus. Mature berries can also be jet-black (V. carlesii), blue-black (V. cinnamomifolium), yellow (V. opulus ‘Xanthocarpum’) or even bright blue (V. davidii).
Most will produce berries without another plant for pollination. however, fruit set will be better with more than one, so it’s well worth considering planting two different varieties of the species you like best.
V. dilatatum teams fiery autumn leaves with red berries