Viburnum trilobum ‘Wentworth’
Looking for an easy to grow shrub with multi-season interest? American Cranberry may fit the bill. The variety ‘Wentworth’ has a flowery spring show, three-lobed glossy-green leaves in summer, cranberry-red fruit and nice fall color. Its rounded habit works as a single specimen alone or in the shrub border but also shines as a hedge. Planted 2-3′ apart they’ll become a hedge that has interest throughout the season. You can keep them dense with once a year trimming after they flower.
Here it is in a nutshell:
Size – 8-10′ high and wide if left untrimmed, but can be kept at 4-5′ for hedging purposes
Habit – Rounded
Foliage – Glossy green in summer, bronze-red in fall
Flowers – White, lacecap flowers in May (non-fragrant)
Fruit – Yellow-red turning bright red in fall ripening earlier than most Viburnums, cranberry-like taste, used mostly for preserves
Soil – Moist, well-drained acid soil
Light – Full sun-part shade
Native – Yes, and birds love the berries!
Name – It was found on Wentworth Farm in Lancaster, NH chosen for its heavy fruit set