|'Chesapeake' is a compact grower that is mounded, twice as wide as high with leathery dark green wavy leaves. The pink buds open to white fragrant flowers, 2 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter and fragrant. This cultivar is a cross between 'Cayuga' x V. utile introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum in 1962 and has not been as hardy as the sister seedling, 'Eskimo'.
Viburnum utile is a small evergreen shrub, usually 6 feet in height with a somewhat straggly appearance. The leaves are opposite, simple, ovate to oblong, and have a wavy look. A small blue-black drupe is the resulting fruit.
The species is generally not ornamental enough to be included in most gardens, several popular cultivars have been developed, retaining the heat tolerance of this shrub. Native to China.