|'Compactum' where the space is limited, is an excellent plant because it grows 1/2 the size of the species in height. This cultivar could probably be considered over the species in the smaller, more restricted planting areas of the modern landscape. It also is showy in masses because of the excellent flower and fruit habit.
Viburnum opulus is spreading shrub with arching branches, growing 8 to 15 feet high. The foliage is glossy dark green, sometimes turns yellow-red to purple in fall, though not consistently. The white flowers bloom in late spring, on flat topped cymes, with sterile showy flowers combined with inconspicuous fertile flowers. A red berry-like drupe ripens in the fall, quite ornamental, gradually shriveling over the winter.
Easy to grow, adaptable to different soil types, occasionally bothered by aphids and borers. Good multipurpose shrub.