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Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie'

Linden Viburnum

Plant Type:

DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

Viburnum dilatatum ‘Erie’ – The May/June white flat-topped discs of flowers are 6” diameter, spectacular on this selection of Linden Viburnum. The shrub is upright, rounded in form with attractive foliage that turns dark crimson-purple, red to red-orange and in some autumns with added gold highlights. Plant with 'Michael Dodge' for magnificent berries in late season. Fruit set is showy, bright red and persistent. We have seen chickadees, cardinals and titmice, white-throated, song and chipping sparrows devouring the fruits when food has become scarce in the winter landscape; it may be that the berries become more palatable after bletting. This species is from Eastern Asia and 'Erie', we are assuming, is a selection of garden origin - and an excellent one at that!


Height:

6-8 ft

Spread:

5-6 ft

Colors:

White

Zone:

(4)5 to 7
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Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Songbirds
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees

Light

  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny

Attributes

  • Hedge
  • Massing
  • Hedgerow
  • Specimen
  • Screen
  • Shrub Border
  • Wildlife Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Draining
  • Fertile

Origins

  • Asia

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

Viburnum. This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Garden heroes. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Some smell of musk (Viburnum dilatatum) while others produce no fragrance at all. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit. Viburnum cassinoides is closely allied with V. nudum; but if the flowering times do not overlap then there will be no fruit. However, if you plant V. nudum 'Winterthur' in proximity with V. nudum var. angustifolium, 'Longwood', 'Moonshine' or 'Pink Beauty' berries will abound. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum selection such as 'Shasta' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum selections. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. As with almost all in the universe of plants there are exceptions. There is one viburnum which appears to be self-fruitful, Viburnum setigerum the Tea Viburnum. And on the other spectrum are two I can think of off-hand that are barren, Viburnum plicatum 'Roseum' and Viburnum plicatum 'Kern's Pink'. Oftentimes, the dwarf viburnums reamin in a juvenile state and do not produce fruit. All Viburnum of any size that do produce fruit are magnificent in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown. Many thanks to Gary Ladman of Classic Viburnums who generously set us straight regarding some of the details we had originally incorrectly lauded... ya can't know everything!