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Viburnum x burkwoodii

Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'

A 1960 selection from a backcross of V. x burkwoodii and V. carlesii and later introduced in 1966 by the late Dr. Donald Egolf of the U.S. National Arboretum.  Habit is more compact than V. x burkwoodii, growing 6-8' tall and wide.  Foliage is glossy, dark green, turning yellow, orange, and red with remaining hints of green in the fall.  Unlike its V. x burkwoodii parentage, 'Mohawk' is deciduous in the winter.  Dark red flower buds appear in early spring several weeks prior to opening this extending the ornamental period.  Buds open to white with a red blotch reverse in early May with a spicy clove fragrance.  Considered by some to be the most fragrant of the viburnums.  Red fruits mature black and are persistent but scarce so ornamentaly ineffective.  Zone 4

USDA Hardiness Zone:



7 Feet


7 Feet

Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk' Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Red, yellow, orange, and green

Flowering Season

  • Early to mid May

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Red to black
  • Persistant
  • Sparse