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Viburnum carlesii (Koreanspice viburnum)

Viburnum carlesii Photo/Illustration: Kathy Diemer


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Viburnum carlesii vy-BURN-um kar-LESS-ee-eye Common Name: Koreanspice viburnum 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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