The U.S. National Arboretum presents Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie', a selection of linden viburnum with unique coral-red fruits. In mid-May 'Erie' wears a blanket of creamy white, fuzzy flowers that nearly hides the medium green leaves. Abundant fruits ripen to coral red in late August and persist till winter's end. The coral coloration is intensified by autumn's first frosts. A large, pest and disease-resistant shrub, 'Erie' grows well in many different landscape situations.
Recognition: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award, 1993.
'Erie' Linden Viburnum|
|Botanical Name:|| Viburnum dilatatum Thunb. 'Erie'|
(NA 32226; PI 347259)
|Hardiness:||U.S.D.A. Zones 5b - 8|
|Development:||Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' is a superior seedling selection made by Dr. Donald Egolf from seed collected in Japan. It was named, registered, and released in 1971.|
|Significance:||The goal of early viburnum work at the U.S. National Arboretum was to develop superior, vegetatively propagated cultivars with uniform, consistent, ornamental attributes for landscape use. 'Erie' was selected particularly for the profusion, persistence, and unusual color of the coral-red fruit.|
Height and Width: 6.5 feet tall and 11 feet wide.|
Habit: Deciduous, bushy, multi-stemmed shrub.
Foliage: Medium green leaves are variable in size and shape. Fall coloration is yellow, orange and red.
Flowers: Cymes of 400-600 creamy white flowers in mid-May completely cover the plant.
Fruit: A drupe. Prolific production of fruit ripening in late August, at first orange-red, then turning coral with first frost. Coral coloration is most intense after a few heavy frosts. Pendulous fruit clusters persist until late winter, becoming more conspicuous after the leaves have fallen.
|Culture:||'Erie' is readily cultivated under many diverse soil conditions but does best in a heavy loam with a pH of 6.0-6.5. While adaptable over a wide climatic range, growth, flowers and fruit display are superior in more northern areas. In southern areas, the plant thrives best in partial shade.|
|Propagation:||Roots easily from semi-hardwood cuttings under mist, 1000 ppm IBA, in 4 weeks.|
|Landscape Use:||Specimen plant, mass plantings, shrub borders, winter gardens, parks, highways, home gardens, wildlife plantings.|
|Availability:||Readily available from mail-order firms and retail and wholesale nurseries.|
U.S. National Arboretum Plant Introduction
Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit
U.S. National Arboretum, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 3501 New York Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002
Last Updated January 14, 2002
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