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'Cardinal Candy' is a sweet one

We all know viburnums are veritable soldiers in the garden, tough, easy care and - sometime - beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of some varieties, but this one - Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' - has signed me up as a fan. It was planted in spring to take the place of the biggest yew I've ever seen. My contractor, who thought it might be 60 years old or even older, recommended its removal because the roots were undermining a porch and some steps. It took an entire day for a very stron young man to dig it out - by hand. (Ah, youth!)

'Cardinal Candy' is a sweet one

We all know viburnums are veritable soldiers in the garden, tough, easy care and - sometime - beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of some varieties, but this one - Viburnum dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' - has signed me up as a fan. It was planted in spring to take the place of the biggest yew I've ever seen. My contractor, who thought it might be 60 years old or even older, recommended its removal because the roots were undermining a porch and some steps. It took an entire day for a very stron young man to dig it out - by hand. (Ah, youth!)

'Cardinal Candy' gets white blossoms in spring followed by these great clumps of red berries. It does not need a pollinator in the area, which to me is a benefit. (How many hollies have gone fruitless in your yard for that reason?) The birds haven't yet attacked these berries but that will come later. Too much other good stuff to feed on in my habitat garden, I guess.

'CC' tops out at 6 feet or so, is said to be unappealing to deer (yes, but ...) and extremely tough in cold weather. Which will come in handy if we ever get a robust winter again. Not that I'm wishing for one ...

Mostly, I like 'CC' for show, and I look forward to the day when it reaches its full height - so I can eyeball those beautiful red berries before they're demo'd by the birds.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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