'Be nature nice!'
'Bí dóighiúil don dúlra!'
About the Guelder-rose
(lat: Viburnum opulus) tree/shrub:

Guelder-rose trees belong to a species of flowering plant in the family Adoxaceae native to Europe, northern Africa and central Asia. The Guelder-rose is a deciduous tree/shrub. Guelder-rose lives and survives in most countries in Europe, but is not found as far north as Scotland. The leaves unfold in April each year and it flowers in June and July, the flowers are flat lace cap-like clusters in shape and form. The centre is often light yellow and the outer part of the flower is white. The flowers are especially attractive to hoverflies. The berries start off yellowish/green or translucent and turn red when ripe. The birds go crazy for the berries of this tree/shrub. It can be eaten if cooked but it is very bitter. So, better left for the birds to enjoy. The leaves turn a beautiful red/yellow in Autumn, just in time for Tetra Pak Tree Day.

Interesting facts about the Guelder-rose tree:

  • Guelder-rose thrives best in moist soils and it will grow in lightly shaded woodlands, not in the shade.
  • It will also grow in the hedgerows and marshes.
  • It does not like acid type soils, so it will not grow in a peaty soil. It prefers clay soil which would often be an alkaline soil.
  • It prefers an area where there is plenty of day light, as it can flower and bear fruit happily.
  • After pruning it regenerates quickly and may grow into a dense hedge, producing suckers on light soils.
  • It is related to the Wayfaring-tree (Viburnum Lantana)
  • It likes to grow beside Hazel, Alder and Willow as they are all happy growing in the same areas.
  • The common name 'Guelder-rose' relates to the Dutch province of Gelderland, where a popular cultivar, the snowball tree, supposedly originated.
  • Guelder-rose is one of the national symbols of Ukraine and is mentioned in many folk songs and featured in art and embroidery.

When applying for your sapling tree, you need to consider where the tree will live and grow for the rest of its life.


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