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Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry

Viburnum trilobum 'Bailey Compact'

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Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum 'Bailey Compact') at Chalet Nursery

Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry in fall

Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry in fall

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  American Cranberrybush

Description:

A very attractive garden shrub with lush maple-like foliage that turns bright red in fall; rarely flowers or sets fruit; denser and more compact than the species, hardy and adaptable, makes a great natural low hedge

Ornamental Features

Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry features showy white lacecap flowers held atop the branches in late spring. It features an abundance of magnificent scarlet berries from late summer to late winter. It has dark green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The serrated lobed leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The smooth gray bark and gold branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Bailey Compact Highbush Cranberry will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features