Definition of guelder rose in English:

guelder rose


  • A deciduous Eurasian shrub with flattened heads of fragrant creamy-white flowers, followed by clusters of translucent red berries.

    Viburnum opulus, family Caprifoliaceae. See also snowball tree

    • ‘Another excellent berried shrub is the guelder rose Viburnum opulus.’
    • ‘However, in hedgerows, aliens like fuchsia, buddleia and snowberry are pushing out native species like spindle and guelder rose.’
    • ‘And cut into hedges of Crataegus pedicellata, Euonymus ‘Emerald Gaiety’, white lilac, field hedges and guelder rose, are spaces specially cut in preparation for more artistic deliveries.’
    • ‘Apparently, Chaucer was fond of eating the berries of the commonly known guelder rose but most find them bitter and smelly.’


Late 16th century: from Dutch geldersche roos ‘rose of Gelderland’ (see Gelderland).


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