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Viburnum x Cayuga

Viburnum x Cayuga

Often listed as a cultivar of V. x carcephalum, this hybrid is the result of a backcross of V. carlesii and V. x carlcephalum developed by the late Donald Egolf in 1953.  It has a loose, upright habit when young but becoming very compact, dense, and slightly wider than tall upon maturity.  Grows to 6-7' tall and wide.  Foliage is dark green similar to carlesii but more rounded.  Branching is coarse like its V. x carlcephalum parent but the habit is not as open.  Abundant pink buds open in late April to very fragrant, waxy white flowers.  Flowers open either from one side of the inflorescence to the other or around the outside first and the center last giving you both the pink buds and white flower colors at the same time.  Fruit is red to blue-black.  Although we have seen a significant amount of dried winter fruits on our plants, it would not be considered an ornamental feature.  Zone 4

USDA Hardiness Zone:



6-7 Feet


6-7 Feet

Viburnum x Cayuga Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderate


  • Compact
  • Upright, rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Moist, well drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Sun to Part Shade

Fall Color

  • Russet-red

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late April

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Sparse
  • Persistant
  • Red to blue-black