Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus), packet of 20 dried berries, Organic
Family: Moschatel (Adoxaceae)
Zones 3 to 8
(Highbush Cranberry) Making decorative, snowball-like flowers in the spring, shiny red berries in the summer and brightly colored leaves in the fall, this gorgeous bush can grow to 20 feet with a 15 foot spread. The fresh berries may be cooked down into a lovely sauce or jam, more or less sweet depending on how much sugar is added. The bush itself is used extensively in landscaping, and may be kept trimmed back if space does not allow for full expression. Traditional usage (TWM, NAM): The tea or tincture of the bark, readily stripped from the thinnings in spring and dried, has been used since antiquity to alleviate menstrual cramps, being nontoxic, non-inebriating, universally acceptable and reliable. Tree prefers full sun to part shade and regular garden soil. Seed is in dried berries. Berries are typically one-seeded. Remove seed from dried berry before planting. It may be helpful to soak the dried berries in water overnight before extracting seeds. Seeds sown in the fall germinate in the second spring, a 20 month induction period according to our experiments. High rates of germ are typical. Plant seed 1/2 inch deep in a gallon pot, mulch with coir or peat, and keep in cool, moist shade. It really does seem like a long time to wait for seedlings, but this is a reliable method, tested here at our farm a number of times with good success, and trees grown from seed end up being the best trees overall, as they have a nice, spreading root system and are individuals, not clones. Individuate seedlings to gallon pots and grow out for a year before transplanting to landscape. Cramp bark bushes are multi-stemmed and they spread their arms wide–space at least 15 feet apart.
20 dried berries/pkt., Certified Organically Grown