Is Viburnum opulus edible


Family / taxonomy


Plant type / habitat


Toxicology / Toxicity



Forest plant: hedges, alluvial forests, forest edges, bushes, ornamental trees; kollin-montan; all of Switzerland; Europe, Asia.


Up to 4 m high shrub. Twigs and leaves are not tomentose.
Leaves:green, 3 to 5-lobed, roughly toothed, 8-12 cm long; Lower side of the leaf: mostly hairy; Stalked 2-3 cm long, petioles with cup-shaped nectar glands; orange-red autumn colors.
Blossoms:white, often reddish overflowing, 5-fold, in flat panicles 10 cm in size, inside: smaller fruit-flowers, outside: large sterile marginal flowers.
Flowering time:May June
Fruit:bright red, spherical berries, 8-10 mm in size.
Fruit ripeness:August September

Other form

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' - Filled common snowball

Likelihood of confusion

Other Viburnum-Species

Poisonous plant parts

Unripe fruits, bark, leaves.
There are contradicting information about the toxicity of the berries in the literature: non-toxic to slightly toxic.

Other viburnum species