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TREES & Plants

Cayuga viburnum

This hybrid viburnum was selected for production of numerous, large flower clusters.  Plants are very hardy and fairly disease free.  Cayuga is  a cross between Viburnum carlesii (Korean spice viburnum) and Viburnum x carlcephalum (fragrant snowball).

Botanical name: 
Viburnum 'Cayuga'
All Common Names: 
Cayuga viburnum
Family (English): 
Elderberry
Family (Botanic): 
Adoxaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Shrub
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
Growth Rate: 
  • Slow
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Dry sites
Soil Preference: 
  • Acid soil
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Upright
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Massing
  • Mixed border
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early fall
  • Mid fall
More Information: 

Size

4 to 10 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide

Tree & Plant Care

Prune after flowering

Disease, pests, and problems

None serious

Native geographic location and habitat

Of hybrid origin

Cayuga is  a cross between Viburnum carlesii (Korean spice viburnum) and Viburnum x carlcephalum (fragrant snowball).

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple leaves in pairs (opposite)

Orange-red fall color

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Large (4 to 5 inch diameter) clusters of fragrant white flowers.  Each cluster usually shows open white flowers and closed pink buds at the same time.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Berry-like fruits (drupes) that mature to black in late summer