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Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur'

Smooth Witherod

Plant Type:


Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’ – 2 remaining. The Smooth Witherod is closely related to V. cassinoides. This improved selection from Winterthur Gardens in Delaware has glossy tongues of foliage turning red-purple in autumn. Rounded white cymes occur in mid-spring. The fruit set is spectacular when associated with another V. nudum cultivar. (As Viburnum nudum is closely allied with V. cassinoides it is possible that they will cross-pollinate with each other.) A single berry will go through the following changes: medium glossy green – light pearly whitish-green – pink – lavender – blue and finally purple-black. Often the many different color incarnations occur simultaneously for a spectacular late season show. This is a smaller growing viburnum that would work well as a component in a smaller garden. The species comes from Connecticut, Long Island to Florida, west to Kentucky and Louisiana.


6 ft


4-5 ft


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VIBNUWI Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $30.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun


  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow
  • Specimen
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Foundation
  • Shrub Border

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile


  • Garden Origin

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.