January 22, 2020

Hardy Candy

Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy'

Mark Uchneat Photo | Viburnum dilatatum ‘Cardinal Candy’

To look at it, you might wonder why ‘Cardinal Candy?’ It’s white-flowering and doesn’t look like a cardinal or candy. Viburnum dilatatum ‘Cardinal Candy’ takes its cultivar name from the show it puts on in the fall, when those white flowers grow into a display of clusters of bright red berries. ‘Cardinal Candy’ is a trademarked Proven Winners variety, a deciduous shrub hardy to Zone 4 and capable of growing up to 8 feet tall. It does best in moist soil that is slightly acidic and tolerates partial to full sun. Known as linden viburnum, it is unlike its relatives in that it doesn’t necessarily need another type of viburnum nearby to fruit well. As for that fruit? Good for birds, bad for humans. Consider it eye candy.