Growing plants with attractive flowers and foliage is what gardeners love. Growing plants with edible berries with nesting and hiding spots is what birds love. Now a new viburnum helps birds and gardeners, providing an attractive shrub with gorgeous fall foliage and tasty red berries.
Viburnum trilobum 'J.N. Select', called Redwing, was selected from seedlings at Johnson's Nursery in Wisconsin for its uniform shape, strong growth rate, and attractive red-tinted young foliage. The plant is hardy in USDA zones 2 to 6, matures to 8 to 10 feet tall with a 6- to 8-foot-wide spread, and tolerates wet sites. With its dense branching pattern, it makes a great hedge plant. The white clusters of flowers in May give way to bright red berries in early fall that linger until spring, providing food for birds when few other berries are still available. Fall foliage color is wine red.
For retail sources and more information on Redwing viburnum, visit Chicagoland Grows.
Article published on June 23, 2008.