One of the showiest viburnums for the landscape is ‘Cardinal Candy’. Its bright-red fruit creates quite a show in the fall, not to be outdone by the cream-colored flowers in spring, as well as the dark-green lustrous leaves that turn maroon and linger until November.
Like many of the viburnums, ‘Cardinal Candy’ has proven to be a reliable and very hardy landscaping shrub for many situations. Because of its large size, 6 to 8 feet tall and 8 to10 feet wide, it can be used as a screen or in a shrub border. The upright habit is sturdy and provides a nice backdrop for smaller shrubs or perennials.
The abundant fruit of ‘Cardinal Candy’ (and most other viburnums) is attractive to birds, feeding them well into the winter. If fruit set is low, another Viburnum dilatatum (including ‘Cardinal Candy’) can be planted nearby to ensure better pollination.
In addition to being versatile to soil types, Viburnum ‘Cardinal Candy’ grows in full or partial sun. It is hardy to Zones 4 to 8 and has performed well in Missouri landscapes. It is also deer resistant.
Common Name: ‘Cardinal Candy’ viburnum
Botanical Name: Viburnum dilatatum ‘Cardinal Candy’
Varieties: ‘Cardinal Candy’
Flower Color: Creamy white
Bloom Period: Late April or early May
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
When to Plant: Spring or fall
Watering: Medium moisture, drought tolerant when established
When to Prune: After blooming in the spring
In Your Landscape: This viburnum can be used as a screen, a backdrop to other plants or in large foundation plantings.
(Photos courtesy of Proven Winners.)