Guelder rose 'Roseum'

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' | Also known as: Snowball tree 'Roseum', Water elder 'Roseum', Whitten tree 'Roseum', Ople tree 'Roseum' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' or Red Guelder Rose is a large bushy shrub growing to around four metres in both height and width. It has lovely flowers, large ball shaped clusters of white blooms about 6cm across. It's not hard to see why it's also known as the Red snowball tree. It has lobed leaves that turn from green to red in the autumn. This variety has been given the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. It grows well in any type of soil and you can plant it in the shade or full sun, so it's very versatile. Watch out for aphids or leaf spot.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 4
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • softwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Author's choice
Garden spaces
  • Shade
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years