Viburnum cassinoides

Witherod Viburnum

Plant Type:

DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

Viburnum cassinoides – This is the Witherod Viburnum, our original cuttings coming from a plant raised by Professor Mark Brand from the University of Connecticut. Rounded in form it is a dense handsome shrub. Emerging elliptic leaves are bronze to red-purple becoming dark matte-finished green. Flowers are white touched with creamy yellow, 2” to 5” in diameter. The fruit is remarkable transforming from green to light green to pink to red, blue and finally black in September, often with all the colors present simultaneously. Wow! Fall foliage can be a mix of orange, red and purple. Closely allied with V. nudum, they will likely act as pollinators for each other.


Height:

5-6 ft

Spread:

5-6 ft

Colors:

Cream

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum cassinoides

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color
  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees

Light

  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny

Attributes

  • Hedgerow
  • Border
  • Natural Garden
  • Massing
  • Shrub Border
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Hedge

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Fertile

Origins

  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit; V. nudum 'Winterthur' and V. nudum var. angustifolium will cross with each other. But V. nudum is very closely allied with V. cassinoides and all of these will cross pollinate and provide late season fruit. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum selection such as 'Shasta' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum selections. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. The berries are magnificent and so welcome in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown.