Withe-rod Viburnum, Appalachian Tea, Blue Haw, Shawneehaw, Possum Haw, Wild Raisin Viburnum 'Brandywine'

Viburnum nudum

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: nudum (NEW-doom) (Info)
Cultivar: Brandywine



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Collins, Colorado

Peoria, Illinois

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Hyattsville, Maryland

Blissfield, Michigan

East Tawas, Michigan

Raleigh, North Carolina

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 25, 2017, PhillyLover from Philadelphia Suburbs, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I planted three V. nudum 'Brandywine' and also a 'Winterthur' as a pollinator. Both cultivars fruit heavily but I am not sure if that is a result of cross-pollination or if both cultivars are self-fruitful. Glossy, bold foliage and a bushy plant habit in full sun. They about 5' tall by 4' wide so far. Long-lasting red fall foliage color. I have never had a problem with deer, insects or disease on V. nudum. The birds didn't seem particularly interested in the berries as they lasted for months late into the fall.The flowers attract pollinators. Only negative is that the flower clusters are so large and heavy, they weigh a lot of the lower branches down to the ground which means all of the beautiful berries aren't displayed well.


On Jun 29, 2014, dduff from Fort Collins, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love the foliage. The blooms and berries are just an added bonus.

I was worried this wouldn't grow well in Colorado it's very difficult to find here. I have it planted on the north side of our house and it's doing quite well in its second year. We had a pounding from hail a few weeks ago that did a lot of damage to this and other, but it held up as well or better than other plants recommended for the area.


On Jun 8, 2010, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I like this shrub. The foliage is a shiny rich green and is tough. No drought affects its healthy appearance. From what I can tell, the leaves are bigger than Winterthur. Flowers are relatively ornamental but still a good feature. The fruit is a very interesting on this plant. The blue and pink colored fruit is pretty cool and unique and are in large clusters. Overall this is a great ornamental for any landscape, if foliage can be considered ornmental aside from the fruit and great fall color. As some other poster has mentioned it doesn't need another nudum clone to set fruit but can do it on its own. The fruit are however more plenfitful with a Winterthur nearby. My favorite viburnum!


On Sep 7, 2009, plantfreak78 from Rolesville, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Brandywine appears to be self-fruiting as this is the only V. nudum our nursery carries and this cultivar has flowered and fruited in our presence. The fruit clusters are huge and stunning. I can't find anything negative to say about this plant.