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Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) bare root tree, organic

$20.00

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 made into wine or mead, or 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. Bare-root trees should be potted up to gallons or planted to landscape on receipt.  Water well.  Space at least 15 feet apart.
Bare-root tree, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Debbie (verified owner)

    I would like to dig the hole for my bare root Cramp Bark tree before it arrives. How deep and wide does the hole need to be? Any soil pH preferences for this tree? Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      1 foot wide and 18 inches deep. i don’t recommend compost in the hole, rather once the tree is planted, remove grasses and weeds from around the trunk and mulch the soil surface with compost or decomposed leaves or forest debris.

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    Gladys

    Can Viburnum opulus be pruned to a smaller size?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Gladys, yes, these are quite prune-able and can be kept to a small bush. They don’t mind being cut back spring or fall. r

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    • Gladys

      Thanks, Richo. If I do prune it to a smaller size, would I lose the flowers? I want the medicinal value but love the flowers, too.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi gladys, you would lose the flowers that would have occurred on any branch you pruned off. thats why this is best done from an early age, pruning prudently in the spring, which is also the time you harvest the bark and twigs for medicinal use. so it all makes sense. the flowers will stay denser to the crown if you prune. r

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