Leaves and berries are the best sources of fall color
Winterthur smooth witherod viburnum (Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur')
Photo/Illustration: Susan A. Roth
In some cases, there are shrubs that will light up the fall garden with both leaf color and fruit. ‘Winterthur’ smooth witherod viburnum begins its display in late summer, as clusters of 12-inch-diameter fruit begin to blush pink and become more intense over the course of a few weeks until the whole shrub looks bedecked in bubble gum. The fruit quickly change to a deep blueberry blue as the glossy, leathery leaves become infused with maroon and red. Although the species typically stands 6 to 12 feet tall and wide, ‘Winterthur’ maintains a compact, 6-foot-round, multistemmed habit that produces abundant fruit and a more intense fall color. In late spring, it’s covered with small, off-white flowers.
‘Winterthur’ smooth witherod viburnum (Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’)
USDA hardiness zones: 5 to 9
Conditions: Full sun to light shade; wet to moderately dry soils
Native habitat: Woods, swamps, and thickets from Connecticut to Texas and Florida