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A wonderful screening plant with four seasons of interest

Redwing™ is a selection of an underused native shrub that performs very well in modern landscapes. This viburnum makes a wonderful screening plant with four seasons of interest and is an alternative to Viburnum opulus in areas where V. opulus has become invasive. Redwing™ has been verified by Dr. Edward R. Hasselkus from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as a true V. trilobum, not a hybrid. Many other cultivars in the trade are believed to be a hybrid between V. opulus and V. trilobum. Redwing™ is an upright, oval, deciduous flowering shrub selected for its uniform habit, deep red new growth and excellent red fall color. It will produce large clusters of glossy red fruits when plants are cross-pollinated. As with any Virburnum trilobum, good culture and proper pruning are required to maintain a healthy specimen. Propagation may be effected with softwood cuttings in early summer. Redwing™ has wine-red new growth that fades to bright medium green in summer. The fall brings brilliant cranberry red foliage; glossy red fruits in massive clusters adorn the plant throughout the fall and into the winter for a wonderful show. .  

Viburnum trilobum 'J.N. Select'
Redwing™ American Cranberrybush Viburnum
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Type: Deciduous tree/shrub

Mature Size:
8-15 feet

  Soil Moisture:
native to the Midwest
  Landscape Use:
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