New Viburnum Wins a Gold
By Hank Becker
March 11, 1997
Conoy, a new
viburnum released by the U.S. National Arboretum
at Washington, D.C., has won the 1997 Gold Medal Award from the
Society. It is the ninth Gold Medal Award winner developed by scientists
Agricultural Research Service and
introduced by the arboretum. The
Gold Medal Award honors
new and little known trees, shrubs and vines of exceptional garden merit to
promote these plants with the public, growers and retailers.
In its 70-year history, the ARS arboretum has developed more than 650 new
varieties of trees, shrubs, ground covers and floral crops. Many have become
industry standards, such as the Shasta viburnum.
Conoy is the first viburnum cultivar that is completely
evergreen in the Washington, D.C., area. Its slightly fragrant, cream-white
flowers appear in April with the young leaves. The flowers turn into glossy
dark red fruit by mid-August and turn black in October. Conoy has
withstood temperatures of minus 9 degrees F at Washington, D.C. It also resists
bacterial leaf spot.
The February issue of ARS Agricultural Research magazine
contains an article on Conoy and other Gold-Medal winning plants
developed at the arboretum.
Scientific contact: Scientific contact: Ruth L. Dix and
R. Pooler, USDA-ARS
Nursery Plants Research Unit, U.S. National Arboretum, Wash. D.C., phone
(202) 245-4762/4568, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.