'Winterthur' is a compact cultivar featuring fragrant white flowers arranged in flat-topped clusters April-May. The flowers provide nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers are followed by clusters of rounded berries that change color as they ripen from light pink to deep pink to blue to purplish-black. Glossy dark green leaves turn maroon or dark red-purple in fall.
Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
Compact plants with striking clusters of multi-colored berries are relished by birds and other wildlife
Wine-colored fall foliage
Plants provide good nesting sites and cover for birds
Grows well in most soils
Woods, swamps, and thickets; Newfoundland to Manitoba south to Texas and Florida.
The best landscapes for wildlife include a variety of native flowers, grasses, vines, trees and shrubs that provide wildlife values all year long. For example, many spring and summer blooming perennials offer nectar for butterflies while shrubs like this offer fruit in late summer and nesting sites year round.
Plant in full sun to part shade. Easy to grow in well-drained soil with average moisture, but tolerates a wide range of soils including dry ones. Prune lightly, if needed, in fall after birds have eaten the fruits. Pruning after flowering may be done, but will eliminate some of the late summer fruit display. For best cross-pollination and fruit display, plant shrubs in groups rather than as single specimens.