Viburnum - Linden

Viburnum dilatatum


USPP 12,870

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A large specimen of Cardinal Candy viburnum covered in white blooms A specimen of Cardinal Candy viburnum covered in red fruit near the Grand River in Michigan Closeup of the red fruit of Cardinal Candy viburnum YouTube video describing the plant shown on this page
  • Hardy
  • Bright fruit
  • Deer resistant

Extra-hardy. When a -25 degree cold spell killed all the V. dilatatum seedlings except one, Indiana's Rod Henneke knew he had something special. Cardinal Candy® viburnum is that survivor, allowing northern gardeners to enjoy the impressive fruit of this viburnum. Abundant bright red berries make for a stunning display in the fall. Fruiting appears to be strong even without another pollinator in the area. White flowers cover the plant in spring (May in Michigan). The plant itself has a nice, well-branched habit, and fits nicely into the landscape.

USDA Zone 5 - 8 (-20°F/-28°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun

Height 6 - 8'

Width 6 - 8'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Late spring

Flower Color White

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4", Quick Turn

Soil Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Pruning Blooms on old wood. However, pruning after bloom will remove the potential for fruit to set. As such, its best to avoid pruning except selective removal of branches as needed.

Uses Specimen plant; foundation plantings; mixed borders.

Growing Tips Sets fruit without a pollinator, but may be used to increase fruiting on other V. dilatatum cultivars.