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Cardinal Candy
Viburnum dilatatum

  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 96 Inches
Programs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Cardinal Candy Viburnum dilatatum
Part Sun to Sun 72 - 96

Features

White spring flowers produce bright red, persistent fruit. Deer resistant. Fruit attracts birds. Fruit is not edible by humans.

Fall Interest
Winter Interest
Attracts: 
Birds
Resists: 
Deer

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
72 - 96 Inches
Spacing: 
96 - 120 Inches
Spread: 
72 - 96 Inches
Flower Colors: 
White
Flower Shade: 
White
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Upright
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Spring
Bloom Time: 
Mid Spring
Bloom Time: 
Late Spring
Hardiness Zones: 
4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Extremely cold hardy and great in the landscape. Use in shrub borders, foundation plantings, as screens/hedges, in woodland gardens, and winter gardens.

Maintenance Notes: 

Best in moist, slightly acidic soil but does tolerate a wide range of soil. Best if pruned immediately after flowering. Provide medium moisture. Established plants have some drought resistance. Deciduous shrubs. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application. Fruiting appears strong even without a pollinator in the area, but may be increased by planting near another V. dilitatum.

When a -25 degree cold spell killed all the dilatatum seedlings except one, Indiana's Rod Henneke knew he had something special. Cardinal Candy has improved hardiness compared to other dilatatum varieties, so northern gardeners can finally enjoy the impressive fruit of this viburnum. Bright red, remarkable and abundant berries make for a stunning display in the fall. Fruiting appears to be strong even without another pollinator in the area. Tons of creamy 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. Berries are not edible by humans.

Cardinal Candy Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke' PP: 12870

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