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Cardinal Candy® Viburnum dilatatum

Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
  • Winter
Mature Size
96" 96"
Height
72 - 96"
Spread
72 - 96"
  • Details

    Features

    When a -25 degree cold spell killed all the dilatatum seedlings except one, Indiana's Rod Henneke knew he had something special. Cardinal Candy® viburnum has improved hardiness compared to other varieties of linden viburnum, so even northern gardeners can finally enjoy the impressive display of bright red berries in fall. 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. Though Cardinal Candy viburnum will set fruit without a pollinator, planting near Tandoori Orange® viburnum results in abundant fruit on both.

    Top three reasons to grow Cardinal Candy® viburnum:

    • Shiny red berries brighten the autumn landscape
    • Very deer resistant
    • Easy to grow - adapts readily and needs no special care
    Produces Berries
    Fall Interest
    Winter Interest
    Attracts: 
    Birds
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
    Light Requirement: 
    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.

    PLEASE NOTE: for the most abundant berry set, we recommend planting with Tandoori Orange® viburnum.

    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. 

    Cardinal Candy® Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke' USPP 12,870
  • 10 Reviews

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    • I have two Cardinal Candy shrubs that were transplanted three times! They have been in their current location for almost ten years now. They have been one the best performers in my garden. Beautiful and abundant white flowers in May, with red berries that follow. They are planted in filtered sun under tall trees. Highly recommend them.

      Nancy
      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 11 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I have two Cardinal Candy shrubs that were transplanted three times! They have been in their current location for almost ten years now. They have been one the best performers in my garden. Beautiful and abundant white flowers in May, with red berries that follow. They are planted in filtered sun under tall trees. Highly recommend them.

      Nancy
      , 11 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • That is a canned rating. I'm not satisfied but I AM going to try it again. It may not have gotten sufficient water last year.

      Mary
      , 23 weeks ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • 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!

      Brenda Wolfe
      , Iowa
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Tatiana Fefilova
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      bonny bowens
      , 8 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Newfoundland and Labrador
      , Canada
      , 9 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
      , 9 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • After 3 years, it still does not produce berries. I have no pollinator in the area.

      Tricia
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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

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