Viburnum x carlcephalum ‘Cayuga’

(Cayuga Fragrant Viburnum)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

‘Cayuga’ was registered and released into commerce by The United States National Arboretum in 1966. It is a backcross of V. carlesii x V. x carlcephalum. It is particularly noted for its compact habit, abundant snowball inflorescences and dark green foliage. This is a moderately compact, deciduous shrub with spreading branches that typically grows 4-6’ tall, but over time will mature to as much as 8’ tall and 11’ wide. Pink buds give way to mildly fragrant, white waxy flowers in snowball inflorescences (cymes to 4” diameter) that bloom profusely in late April to May. Buds and open flowers are often seen simultaneously on the same inflorescence. Leaves turn orange-red (sometimes undistinguished) in fall.(Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

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Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates a wide range of soils and has good drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering, however pruning off spent flowers will eliminate summer fruit display, which admittedly is not very showy for this hybrid.(Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Botanical Name

Viburnum x carlcephalum 'Cayuga'

Common Name

Cayuga Fragrant Viburnum


40 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Flower Color

Pink to white

Blooming Period




Fall Color


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b





Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Water Needs


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