Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates a wide range of soils. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Although many of the viburnums need additional viburnums nearby for best fruit production, CARDINAL CANDY seems to produce abundant fruit without having other pollinators in the same area. Winter hardy to USDA Zone 4.
CARDINAL CANDY is a linden viburnum that typically matures to 4-5’ tall and as wide. Parents of this cultivar are two unidentified selections of Viburnum dilatatum. This is a dense, free-branching, bushy, upright-rounded, deciduous shrub that is distinguished by its multi-season ornamental interest and excellent winter hardiness. Small fragrant creamy white flowers in showy, large, rounded hemispherical clusters (cymes to 6” wide) appear in late spring. Flowers give way to ovoid bright red fruits (drupes) in showy pendulous clusters. Fruits mature in late summer to early fall but persist through winter until spring. Fruit is attractive to birds. Orbicular to broad-ovate, wrinkled, dark green leaves (to 5” long) are coarsely toothed and pubescent on both sides. Leaves turn russet red in fall. U.S. Plant Patent PP12,870 issued August 20, 2002.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Shrub borders, foundations, screens or hedges. Open woodland gardens.