Chris Nejelski is the coordinator of the Plants of Merit Program at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. Visit for more info about the program or for the nearest garden center currently stocking this plant.


‘Conoy’ Burkwood Viburnum
by Chris Nejelski - posted 03/16/12

This viburnum is an introduction of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., and is perhaps best noted for its compact, spreading habit and glossy foliage. It is a densely branched, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows 4 to 5 feet tall and 7 to 8 feet wide.

‘Conoy’ viburnum features fragrant, creamy white flowers arranged in flat-topped umbels (2 to 4 inches wide) in April. Flowers are followed by pendulous clusters of red berry-like drupes that ripen in August and persist into the fall before eventually turning black. Ovate, glossy, dark green leaves (to 4 inches long) turn maroon in fall, but might remain evergreen in warmer southern climates (Zone 7).


Common Name: ‘Conoy’ Burkwood viburnum

Botanical Name: Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Conoy’

Zones: 5 to 8

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub

Family: Adoxaceae

Height: 4 to 5 feet

Spread: 7 to 8 feet

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: Creamy white

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Low


(From Missouri Gardener. Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder.)


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