Viburnum Brandywine Proven Winners ColorChoice

Jun 25, 2024
Proven Winners ColorChoice viburnum ‘Brandywine’ awarded 2024 Woody Cut of the Year

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) has announced its 2024 Cut Flowers of the Year — Viburnum Nudum ‘Brandywine’. Chosen by the group’s 1600 members, the criteria for the awards are the varieties’ ease of culture, productivity, and marketability.

Proven Winners ColorChoice Viburnum Nudum ‘Brandywine’ shares the honor with Fresh Cut Flower of the Year, snapdragon ‘Potomac Appleblossom’, Bulb Cut Flower of the Year, daffodil ‘Cheerfulness’ and Cut Foliage of the Year, thornless raspberry ‘Joan J.’

Brandywine is a highly ornamental Witherod viburnum. Starting in late spring, it bears clusters of foamy white flowers, and handsome, glossy green foliage carries it through summer. Late in August, the green berries turn ivory, then vivid pink, then blue. Each berry cluster often displays all three colors simultaneously for a truly memorable effect. As the berries change color, so does the foliage, taking on a vivid red that makes the berries seem even more colorful.

One member-grower summarized, “I love the full seasonality of the Brandywine viburnum. I love the pinkish spring flowers, the leaf coloring, and the two-tone berries.”

Brandywine viburnum is a North American native species selected for its more refined, compact habit (5 to 6 feet tall and wide, versus 10-plus-feet-tall in the wild) and abundant flowers and berries. It does not require a different variety to pollinate it; however, it serves to pollinate the variety ‘Winterthur,’ in which case both plants will bear abundant fruit.