The U.S. National Arboretum introduction, Viburnum 'Eskimo', established a landmark in the breeding and development of elite viburnum cultivars. A compact, slow-growing shrub, 'Eskimo' is covered with white "snowballs" of tubular flowers in early May. Handsome, dark green, semi-evergreen foliage is resistant to bacterial leaf spot. This is a perfect plant for the home or the public garden!
Recognition: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal Plant Award, 1992.
|Botanical Name:|| Viburnum 'Eskimo'|
(NA 43148; PI 445780)
|Hardiness:||U.S.D.A. Zones 6 - 8|
|Development:||V. x carlcephalum 'Cayuga' was crossed with V. utile in 1962. A selection from this cross was self-pollinated in 1967. From this seedling population with 3-species parentage, a plant was selected for evaluation in 1975, named and released in 1981 as 'Eskimo'.|
|Significance:||'Eskimo' establishes a landmark in the development of elite viburnum cultivars. It is the first selection that combines the tubular flower type in a snowball inflorescence from V. 'Cayuga' with the dwarf growth habit and semi-evergreen foliage of V. utile.|
Height and width: 4-5 feet tall and wide.|
Habit: Deciduous to semi-evergreen, slow-growing, compact shrub.
Foliage: Leathery, glossy, dark green, semi-evergreen leaves; highly tolerant to bacterial leaf spot.
Flowers: Abundant, pure white, 3-4 inch snowball inflorescences of tubular white flowers in early May.
Fruit: A drupe. Fruits ripen in August to a dull red and then to black.
|Culture:||'Eskimo' is readily cultivated under diverse climatic and soil conditions, but grows best in full sun to partial shade in a heavy loam with an adequate moisture supply.|
|Propagation:||Roots easily from semi-hardwood cuttings under mist, 1000 ppm IBA, in 4 weeks.|
|Landscape Use:||Specimen plant, hedge, massed group, shrub border. Slow-growing, compact growth habit makes it ideal for the home landscape. Excellent in containers.|
|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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