Cicely Mary Barker's Guelder Rose Fairy


There are two little trees:
In the garden there grows
The one with the snowballs;
all children love those!

The other small tree
Not everyone knows,
With her blossoms spread flat-
Yet they're both Guelder Rose!

But the garden Guelder has nothing
When her beautiful balls are shed;
While in Autumn her wild little sister
Bears berries of ruby red!

 
   Guelder Rose also known as European Cranberry Bush (viburnum opulus)

Native to Europe and northern Africa, the guelder rose produces clusters of snowy white, lacy flowers in summer that turn to glossy red berries with autumn color.  A large shrub, it grows to 12 feet and has a spreading habit.  It grows well in wet or boggy soil.

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