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Cardinal Candy Viburnum dilatatum

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Mature Size
    • 72 - 96 Inches
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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: 
Tall
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: 
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

  • Planted 2 summers ago..lots of fruit this fall ...rather straggly... should I shape it?? I think I am going to enjoy watching it grow!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Brenda Wolfe
    Bettendorf
    Iowa
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Tatiana Fefilova
    West Chicago
    Illinois
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Have had this at least 3 years now in zone 8, Willamette Valley of Oregon. Full sun exposure, good circulation and every year it has fungus issues to the point of very little berry production. Very disppointing. Have sprayed it with fungicide too.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    bonny bowens
    3 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Russell Studebaker
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    tom thesing
    Ohio
    United States
    4 years ago
  • After 3 years, it still does not produce berries. I have no pollinator in the area.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Tricia
    New Jersey
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Got this item at our Flower & Patio show and re-planted it and it had not grown at all very disapointed. It was a plant to remember my sister

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Cathy
    Indiana
    United States
    4 years ago
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