Koreanspice viburnum

Viburnum carlesii

Photo/Illustration: 
Kathy Diemer
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Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii)
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Genus:  Viburnum
This deciduous shrub with toothed, dark green leaves bears pink buds in late spring that open to white or pink-flushed flowers borne in domed clusters. The intoxicating fragrance is reminiscent of spice cake. The plant also has attractive red foliage and berries in the fall. It grows to about 6 feet tall and wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Delicious fragrance, good fall color, attractive berries.
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Shelter from cold, drying winds.
Propagation:  Take greenwood cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Viburnum beetle, gray mold (Botrytis), rust, downy mildew, powdery mildew, wood rot, Verticillium wilt, leaf spots, and dieback. Aphids, scale insects, weevils, Japanese beetles, mealybugs, and tree hoppers.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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