Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur'
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There are some shrubs that will light up the fall garden with both leaf color and fruit. Viburnum Winterthur is one of those shrubs. It begins its display in late summer, as clusters of half-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 blue as the glossy, leathery leaves become infused with maroon and red. Viburnum Winterthur maintains a compact, 6-foot-round, multi-stemmed habit that produces abundant fruit and more intense fall color than the species. In late spring, it's covered with small, off-white, slightly fragrant flowers.
History and introduction of Viburnum Winterthur:
Viburnum Winterthur is a compact cultivar that typically grows to 6’ tall in cultivation. Leaves are somewhat glossier than those of the species. An introduction of Winterthur Gardens in Delaware. Winner of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal (Steyer Award) in 1991. Since I've mentioned such a beautiful garden and I recommend everyone visit the garden at least once when they are in the area here is a brief introduction to the garden. Winterthur gardens 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis Du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature's beauty. The Winterthur Garden is built out of the Brandywine landscape, finding its unique form in forests, fields, streams and hills. “The woods of Winterthur,” as the Bidermann’s said, have always been one of the great treasures of the property. H. F. Du Pont said a garden “should fit in so well with the natural landscape that one should hardly be conscious that it has been accomplished.” Du Pont took his inspiration from the landscape he grew up with at Winterthur, including the woodland. A natural woodland is composed of four layers: the ground cover, shrub, small tree and tall tree layers. In such a woodland, the screen of vegetation is often so dense one can hardly see through it, but here in his garden, du Pont took this idea of woodland layers and re-imagined it, opening it up to create beautiful vistas and views. In 1956, after he had gardened at Winterthur for seventy years, the Garden Club of America awarded Henry Francis du Pont their Medal of Honor, proclaiming him, “One of the best, even the best, gardener this country has ever produced.” The award cited du Pont as being a master of gardening, noting, "The woodland trees under planted with a profusion of native wildflowers and rhododendron, acre upon acre of dogwood, great banks of azaleas, lilies and peonies, iris and other rare specimens from many lands, each planted with taste and discrimination, each known, loved and watched, looking as though placed there by nature, forms one of the great gardens."