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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    Cranberrybush has stunning white flowers reminiscent of a hydrangea, which makes up for its somewhat coarse texture and stiffly upright growth.

    Latin Name

    Viburnum opulus



    Also Known As

    Snowball Bush , Guelder Rose

    Type of Plant


    Bloom Season

    April - May




    Max Height: 15'
    Max Spread: 15'


  • Hedge
  • Naturalize
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Attracted Wildlife



    Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Europe, northern Africa, and Asia


    Washington received some young guelder rose plants from his neighbor George Mason at Gunston Hall in 1785.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

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    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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