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Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie'

Linden Viburnum

Plant Type:


Viburnum dilatatum ‘Erie’ – 2 remaining. 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!


6-8 ft


5-6 ft




(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


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


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

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Asia

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. 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; V. nudum 'Winterthur' and V. nudum var. angustifolium will cross with each other. But V. nudum is very closely allied with V. cassinoides and all of these will cross pollinate and provide late season fruit. 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. The berries are magnificent and so welcome 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.