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Viburnum x Chesapeake

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dirr

Viburnum x Chesapeake

Often listed as a cultivar of V. x carlcephalum, 'Chesapeake' is the result of a backcross between V. x 'Cayuga' (V. x carlesii x V. x carlcephalum) with V. utile made in 1962 by the U.S. National Arboretum.  This same cross produced a sister seedling, V. x 'Eskimo''Chesapeake' grows to 6'x10' in 16 years.  Leathery, lustrous, dark green foliage that is long and persistant, making it semi-evergreen.  The leaves are also undulating with a slight twist.  Pink buds open to 2-3½" diameter slightly fragrant white flowers in May.  Fruit is dull red, maturing black.  Reportedly not as hardy as its sister seedling, 'Eskimo'.  Hardy to -10 to -15°. 

USDA Hardiness Zone:



6 Feet


10 Feet

Viburnum x Chesapeake Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Low spreading
  • Compact

Soil Requirements

  • Moist, well drained
  • Acid

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Red and yellow

Flowering Season

  • Early to mid May

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Red to black
  • Sparse

Winter foliage

  • Semi-evergreen