Cayuga viburnum is a hybrid cross between Viburnum carlesii (Korean spice viburnum) and Viburnum x carlcephalum (fragrant snowball), selected for its large, fragrant flower clusters.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites
Season of Interest:
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
4 to 10 feet high and 6 to 10 feet wide.
A back cross of Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) and Fragrant viburnum (Viburnum x carlcephalum).
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun and well drained soils.
Shallow roots benefit with a layer of organic mulch to moderate soil temperature and conserve moisture.
Blooms on old wood, prune after flowering.
Disease, pests, and problems
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
Opposite, simple dark green leaves with a slight sheen, up to 5 inches long and slightly toothed.
Wonderful orange-red fall color.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Large, 4 to 5 inch diameter clusters of fragrant white flowers.
Each cluster usually has open white flowers and closed pink buds at the same time giving the flower a lumpy look.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Berry-like fruits (drupes) that mature to black in late summer.