Garden Spotlight: Brandywine Viburnum
It’s Fall y’all! Welcome the season with open arms and check out this Garden Spotlight on colorful Brandywine™ Viburnum!
Why do we Fall in love with this season? For starters, temperatures start cooling down. Autumn decor such as pumpkins, corn shocks, wreaths, and more give off a comfy feel to our store and any neighborhood. But, what really puts a cherry on top of beginning the Fall season is all the amazing plants that you can introduce to your landscape! If you’re looking for a fresh new Fall arrival from our Nursery, the Brandywine Viburnum is one of your best choices.
This brilliant garden shrub possesses many amazing qualities that make it a popular pick for this season. Let’s discuss why!
First, this deciduous shrub attracts widespread interest primarily due to its bountiful offerings for every season. Starting in late Spring, the Brandywine Viburnum produces vibrant, flat clusters of aromatic, creamy white flowers that transform into beautiful berries in late Summer to early Fall. As they ripen, these show-stopping, edible berries transition from a soft green color to shades of stunning pink, purple, and blue. They lend a striking contrast against the glossy green foliage of the shrub, which then changes to a deep red in Autumn. Also, the berries provide Winter interest once the plant loses its leaves. The Brandywine Viburnum has relatively good berry production, even without another pollinator nearby, and will help pollinate other varieties of this Viburnum such as Winterthur!
Native to the Southeastern United States, it can withstand longer periods of heat and drought. You can expect this compact, upright grower to reach lengths of 6′ tall and wide. Another reason this shrub ranks highly among avid gardeners is thanks to its relatively low maintenance required. It also boasts a strong immunity to most diseases, and pests generally do not pose a concern. While deer resistant, the Brandywine Viburnum actually attracts birds, butterflies, and bees, making for a great addition to any pollinator garden.
As a whole, the Brandywine Viburnum requires fairly little care for it to thrive. It excels in full sun to partial shade with regular waterings (increased frequency during extreme heat). Luckily, it has no particular soil preference. However, it should be planted in moist, but well-drained soil. Always avoid letting your shrub dry out. As a best practice, routinely check the soil around the base of the shrub for moisture to know if it should get a drink.
The Brandywine Viburnum is a slow grower, and can last for over 40 years under ideal conditions! It tends to fill out all the way towards the ground, so planting filler shrubs is not required for presentation. This adaptable shrub can even thrive in inner city environments, easily tolerating urban pollution. Prune lightly only as needed in Fall after flowering as to not remove any of the current season’s flowers. This plant blooms on old wood, so be sure to leave some mature branches. Consider applying a thick layer of mulch around the base in Winter to protect it against harsh conditions.
Overall, this reliable shrub is a true winner for your garden. Its diverse number of uses alone make it perfect for just about any landscape. Due to its brilliant display, you can count on this shrub as a showy specimen plant, and it works as a fantastic roadside focal point. Because it reaches up to 6′ tall and wide, it can function as a low-lying privacy screening shrub, so consider it as a hedge plant. Its compact nature allows it to behave as an excellent border plant near your home’s exterior and along fences, and it can be positioned near other plants.
The Brandywine Viburnum’s beauty allows it to stand out among the competition. Try it near areas where you want to attract attention in your yard, such as a rock garden, water garden, lake, or along the patio. Since it is also butterfly, bird, and bee-friendly, make this plant a must-have for your next pollinator garden. Be adventurous! Though they’re a tad acidic, try finding some recipes that incorporate this shrub’s berries.
In all, the main seasonal benefits for adding the Brandywine Viburnum to your landscape include:
- Beautiful Spring/Summer Blooms
- Breathtaking Summer/Fall Berries
- Amazing Fall Color
- Great Winter Value
VISIT OUR HOME & GARDEN STORES!
A stunning selection of fresh Fall trees and shrubs just arrived in our Home & Garden stores, including the Brandywine Viburnum! Now is the perfect time to stop in our stores and talk to our team members about this shrub. We can provide even more suggestions on the perfect plants to pair with it, and recommend more beneficial products to help with its care.
Check our Home & Garden specials in our sales flyer and watch for sales on the Brandywine Viburnum!