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Cardinal Candy Viburnum

Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke'

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Cardinal Candy Viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke') at Bachman's Landscaping

Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' fruit

Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' fruit

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Cardinal Candy Viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke') at Bachman's Landscaping

Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' flowers

Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 5 feet

Spread: 5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 5


A wonderful new four-season shrub covered in creamy white flower clusters followed by bright red fruit that persists into winter, russet red fall color, dense compact habit is a perfect size for the garden; possibly the hardiest variety of this species

Ornamental Features:

Cardinal Candy Viburnum is blanketed in stunning creamy white flat-top flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large crinkled oval leaves turn an outstanding brick red in the fall. The red fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from late summer right through to late winter. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Cardinal Candy Viburnum is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Cardinal Candy Viburnum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Plant Characteristics:

Cardinal Candy Viburnum will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

This plant is not reliably hardy and requires winter protection in MN.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent Massing Screening Garden
Flowers Fruit Fall Color Winter Value Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features