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Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Conoy'

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Description

'Conoy' viburnum is a cultivar known for its compact, spreading habit and glossy foliage. This shrub is dense, multi-stemmed, and grows to 4 to 5 feet tall and 7 to 8 feet wide.  It is hardy to zones 5 to 8 and will likely remain evergreen in warmer climates such as zones 7 to 8.  

It has creamy white flat-topped, umbel-like, and mildly fragrant flowers that appear in the spring. The flowers cover the shrub when in bloom, and they appear pink when closed but are primarily white when opened. The leaves are glossy, dark green, and opposite, and both the stems and foliage are finely pubescent. The foliage color of deep maroon provides fall interest. In warm southern climates, the leaves often remain on the plant throughout the winter. The red fruits turn blue-black and remain on the plant through the fall and are enjoyed by birds. 

Consider this cultivar as an accent, in small groups, as a shrub border, or as a foundation planting to provide spring, summer, and fall interest. 

Seasons of Interest:

Bloom:  Spring      Foliage:  Spring, Summer, and Fall          Fruits: Summer and Fall

Quick ID Hints:

  • compact, dense, multi-stemmed, spreading shrub
  • pubescent stems
  • glossy, pubescent, dark green leaves, opposite in arrangement, and deep maroon fall color
  • flat-topped, umbel-like, fragrant flowers that appear pink when closed but are primarily white when opened
  • round fruits that turn from red to black

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  There are no serious insect or disease problems, but leaf spots and aphids may be detected.

VIDEO created by Andy Pulte for “Landscape Plant Identification, Taxonomy and Morphology” a plant identification course offered by the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits attract birds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
    Fragrance
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 7 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Clusters of round drupes turn red in late summer and mature to blue-black and persist into fall.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are flat-topped, umbel-like, fragrant, and cover the shrub during mid-spring blooming. The blooms appear pink when closed but open to creamy white flowers that measure 2 to 4-inch clusters.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy, pubescent, dark green, ovate leaves that measure 4 inches long and are opposite in arrangement. The leaves turn a deep maroon in fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought