The world’s only plant bracket competition, Shrub Madness®, has just embarked on its sixth year of the thrilling contest that pits shrub-against-shrub in a fierce single-elimination tournament. Based on the college basketball playoffs, 64 Proven Winners® ColorChoice® shrubs will compete in a no-holds-barred battle for the chance to be crowned National Champion.
Spanning March 1-30, a selection of proud and determined shrubs will move through six rounds of competition. Winners of each shrub matchup will be chosen by popular vote via the user-friendly website, www.ShrubMadness.com, where participants fill out their bracket predictions online and root for their favorites.
“Shrub Madness is a good way to find out what people really want and challenge our misconceptions. Every year we’ve seen some really bodacious competitors get beaten…” said Shannon Downey, Marketing Specialist for the brand.
Exciting flowering shrub varieties will enter the fray this season, including the brand new Suñorita™ rose, Fluffy® Western arborvitae, and Gatsby Moon® oakleaf hydrangea. Will one of these plants take it this year? Will No. 15 seeded Fine Line® buckthorn pull an upset and send No. 2 seed Blue Chiffon® rose of Sharon packing in its first year in the competition? We will just have to wait and see.
This year the Shrub Madness team is trying something new, their popular “Shrubs Center” broadcast is airing on Facebook Live at the beginning of each round of voting. Go to @pwcolorchoice on Facebook at 1 PM Eastern to view. The next Shrubs Center will air March 11.
Once again, there are several opportunities to score dozens of prizes. At the end of each round, samples of top-scoring plants will be awarded via a random drawing of registered participants. At the end of Shrub Madness, four bracket voters will be randomly selected to win a collection of the last four plants standing, known as the Floral Four. The player with the bracket prediction closest to the tournament’s results will win a grand prize pack, the coveted Floral Four and Plant Geek Swag Bag.
There are three ways to join the excitement of Shrub Madness. The public can cast their votes for their favorite plants during the plant matchups at www.ShrubMadness.com at any time during the month of March. No registration is required to vote. To be eligible for end-of-round random prize drawings, go to the Shrub Madness website and register for an account any time until the last round of the competition. For more exciting information about Shrub Madness and how to register, go to www.ShrubMadness.com.