Better Berry-Bearing Viburnum

By Charlie Nardozzi

Fall is celebrated for its colorful foliage, and in addition many trees and shrubs exhibit beautiful berries at this time of year. Viburnum shrubs produce fall berries in colors ranging from black to red, and while berry production varies depending on the species, a new selection is touted as being one of the heaviest-fruiting viburnums available.

Viburnum nudum 'Brandywine' features clusters of berries that begin green, turn white, then mature to pink and blue by fall. The berries stay on the shrub all winter and are favored by birds. This variety cross-pollinates well with Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur', insuring a bumper fruit set. The foliage turns a burgundy red in autumn, adding to the seasonal color display.

This compact 5- to 6-foot-tall shrub only grows 5 feet wide at maturity. It thrives in full or part sun on well-drained soil. 'Brandywine' is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9.

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