Guelder rose is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its pretty flower heads and bright juicy berries. The berries are mildly toxic if eaten raw, but can be cooked into jelly or jam.
Estimate full grown height: 5 metres, growing an estimated 30-60cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, but please do not worry, as once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Due to excellent growing conditions, some of our saplings are now slightly bigger than 60cm. This means some customers may receive a sapling that is up to 80cm tall. If you do receive a taller sapling, it will arrive with a slight curve in the top of the stem in order to fit it into the box. This should straighten out once planted, usually within four weeks. No matter which size you'll receive, all of our saplings are healthy and should grow into strong, sturdy trees. Unfortunately, we cannot determine which customers will receive the taller saplings as they are chosen at random.
Value to wildlife: The red berries are an important food source for birds, including bullfinch and mistle thrush. The shrub canopy provides shelter for other wildlife. The flowers are especially attractive to hoverflies.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Guelder rose grows best in damp, neutral or calcareous soils.
UK and Ireland Sourced and Grown (UKISG): Every sapling that we provide is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this tree on our guelder rose species profile.