Grow Brandywine Viburnum for Tie-Dye Berry Clusters

The easiest way to grow Brandywine viburnum with its clusters of pink and blue berries that both gardeners and wildlife love.

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Why Should You Grow a Brandywine Viburnum Shrub?

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A cluster of small pink and blue berries on a Brandywine viburnum

Brandywine viburnum has all of the spring and summer appeal of traditional viburnum, with a colorful fall twist.

With purple-red leaves, viburnums already look fantastic in fall, but Brandywine takes color to a whole new level. Along with fiery autumn hues on its leaves—this viburnum cultivar is stealing the spotlight with its unmatched pink and blue tie-dye berry clusters.

Brandywine also shares many of the classic warm weather attributes that make viburnums so popular. It sports bundles of green foliage in the warmer months, along with bright white flower clusters in spring.

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How to Grow Brandywine Viburnum

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  • Botanical name: Viburnum nudum ‘Bulk’
  • Zone: 5 to 9
  • Light needs: Full sun to part shade
  • Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and wide

Brandywine viburnum is a low maintenance shrub once it is established. Ideally, it should be grown in a sunny spot with moist, well-draining soil. Just pick a space where it can reach its full size, as it does not transplant easily.

After planting, add a layer of mulch to keep the soil hydrated and apply a slow-release fertilizer every spring. Prune the shrub shortly after the blooms are spent.

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Brandywine Viburnum Berries

One of Brandywine’s biggest benefits is that it’s self-pollinating. That means that a single plant will still produce some berries—you don’t need multiple male and female plants. This makes Brandywine more suitable for smaller yards or as a garden focal point. To get loads of berries, plant Brandywine with Winterthur viburnum.

It’s the white flowers that transform into the fruit, so be careful when pruning. Feel free to snip wayward branches, but don’t touch the flower clusters.

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Wildlife Benefits

Besides providing great cover for songbirds, Brandywine’s berries are also a special treat. This viburnum is one of the best trees or shrubs with berries for birds.

It’s also an early spring flowering shrub and the white bloom clusters are a great source of nectar for butterflies.

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Kirsten Schrader
Kirsten has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing birding and gardening content. As content director of Birds & Blooms, she leads the team of editors and freelance writers sharing tried-and-true advice for nature enthusiasts who love to garden and feed birds in their backyards. Since joining Birds & Blooms 17 years ago, Kirsten has held roles in digital and print, editing direct-to-consumer books, running as many as five magazines at a time, and managing special interest publications. Kirsten has traveled to see amazing North American birds and attended various festivals, including the Sedona Hummingbird Festival, the Rio Grande Bird Festival, The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, and the Cape May Spring Festival. She has also witnessed the epic sandhill crane migration while on a photography workshop trip to Colorado. Kirsten has participated in several GardenComm and Outdoor Writers Association of America annual conferences and is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology. When she's not researching, writing, and editing all things birding and gardening, Kirsten is enjoying the outdoors with her nature-loving family. She and her husband are slowly chipping away at making their small acreage the backyard of their dreams.