How to Grow Brandywine Viburnum - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Brandywine viburnum is a deciduous shrub that is native to North America. It is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family and its scientific name is Viburnum opulus var. americanum. The brandywine viburnum is a multi-stemmed shrub that can grow up to 15 feet tall and wide. It has large, dark green leaves that are glossy and oval-shaped. The brandywine viburnum blooms in late spring to early summer with white, flat-topped clusters of flowers. The fruit is red and berry-like, ripening in late summer to early fall. Wild birds love the fruit and help to spread the brandywine viburnum's seeds.

How to Grow Brandywine Viburnum - Plant Care & Tips

Alternative name

  • viburnum lantana
  • viburnum opulus
  • viburnum plicatum
  • viburnum prunifolium
  • viburnum trilobum

Things to Know

  • What is brandywine viburnum?
  • When is brandywine viburnum in season?
  • What are the benefits of brandywine viburnum?
  • How can I use brandywine viburnum in my cooking?
  • What is the nutritional value of brandywine viburnum?
  • What are some recipes that feature brandywine viburnum?
  • How should I store brandywine viburnum?
  • What are some tips for using brandywine viburnum?
  • How can I tell if brandywine viburnum is ripe?
  • Is there anything I should avoid when using brandywine viburnum?

How to Grow

  1. For brandywine viburnum, first step is to choose a site with full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil.
  2. Next, prepare the planting bed by removing all weeds and loosening the soil.
  3. Third, mix in some organic matter to help improve drainage.
  4. Fourth, take your plant out of its container and place it in the planting hole.
  5. Fifth, backfill the hole with soil and lightly tamp down.
  6. Sixth, water the plant deeply.
  7. Seventh, apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the plant, but not touching the stem.
  8. Eighth, fertilize the plant in early spring with a balanced fertilizer.
  9. Ninth, prune in late winter or early spring to shape as desired.
  10. Tenth, enjoy your beautiful brandywine viburnum!

Considering the Soil

About soil condition, the Brandywine Viburnum prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil but it is adaptable to other conditions. It grows best in full sun but can tolerate some shade. This shrub is tolerant of black walnut toxicity.

About light

Not too different with other members of the viburnum family, the brandywine viburnum thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-drained, moist soil, but can tolerate a wide range of conditions. This shrub is a great choice for foundation plantings, hedges, or as a specimen plant.

Ideal Temperature

The temperature condition that is ideal for the growth of the brandywine viburnum is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant requires full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. The brandywine viburnum can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, but it prefers slightly acidic soil.

Humidity Aspect

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is 50-70%. The plant does not like to be too wet or too dry. If the plant is too wet, it will start to rot. If the plant is too dry, the leaves will start to turn brown and fall off.

Fertilizer Requirement

For the fertilizer, usually the plant does not need much because it is a slow grower. For the root, it is best to use a spade or a trowel. This plant is very sensitive to root disturbance, so it is best to be careful when transplanting.

About light

Pruning brandywine viburnum is essential to maintaining its shape and preventing it from becoming overgrown. It is best to prune in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. To prune, simply cut back any branches that are growing out of bounds or that are crossing over other branches.

Plant Propagation

Propagation of brandywine viburnum is typically done through softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings taken from new growth in the spring or summer. The cuttings should be 4-6 inches long and taken from healthy, disease-free stems. Use a sharp knife or pruning shears to make a clean cut just below a leaf node.Remove the bottom leaves from the cutting, leaving 2-3 leaves at the top. Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone and plant in a well-draining rooting medium. Place the cutting in a plastic bag or covered container to create a humid environment. Keep the rooting medium moist but not soggy and in indirect light until roots have developed and new growth appears. Once roots have developed and new growth appears, transplant to a pot or outdoor location.

Growth Rate

Usually, the plant growth rate is considered slow to medium. However, when given the right growing conditions, this plant can reach its full potential. When planted in well-drained soil and given ample water, brandywine viburnum can grow up to 2 feet per year. This plant prefers full sun to partial shade and does best in cooler climates.

The Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant (viburnum x brandywine) are powdery mildew, leaf spot, and stem canker. These problems are usually caused by too much moisture and can be controlled by proper pruning, watering, and fungicide applications.

Tips on Growing

  • If you are growing brandywine viburnum from seed, start them indoors about six to eight weeks before the last frost date in your area.
  • Sow the seeds on the surface of a moistened seed-starting mix and cover them with a thin layer of the mix.
  • Place the container in a warm location and keep the mix moist.
  • Once the seedlings emerge, thin them so that only the strongest one or two remain in each pot.
  • Transplant the seedlings into individual pots when they have two to three sets of true leaves.
  • Grow the seedlings under partial sun for the first few weeks after transplanting, then gradually acclimate them to full sun.
  • Plant brandywine viburnum in a location that receives full sun to part shade.
  • Amend the soil with organic matter before planting.
  • Water the plants regularly, especially during

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