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Koreanspice Viburnum Viburnum carlesii

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Other plants called Koreanspice Viburnum:

Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num KARLS-ee-eye
Description

Korean Viburnum prefers sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil including clay. It has a rounded, irregular dense form with stiff upright branches. The blooms are showy and fragrant. It flowers on new wood so prune immediately after flowering is completed. Use as a hedge, in shrub borders or a foundation plant. Very fragrant flowers appear in mid to late spring. Fall coloration reddish-burgundy, but inconsistent. Grafted plants may be consumed by the rootstock.

Quick ID

  • Characteristic fissuring along old, gray stems
  • Fragrant mid-spring, terminal white inflorescence
  • OPPOSITE leaves are ovate, serrate, and pubescent
  • Inflorescence a hemispherical cyme to 8 cm across
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • V. 'Aurora'
    6-8 feet tall, flowers in clusters larger than those of the species.
  • V. 'Compactum' Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum'
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#acidic soil#deer resistant#shrub border#part shade#non-native#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • V. 'Aurora'
    6-8 feet tall, flowers in clusters larger than those of the species.
  • V. 'Compactum' Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum'
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#fragrant flowers#shrub#acidic soil#deer resistant#shrub border#part shade#non-native#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    carlesii
    Family:
    Viburnaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Korea, Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    0.3 in. red drupe turns bluish-black in fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is a dense, terminal, hemispherical cyme, 2-3 inches across. Flowers are pinkish to red in bud, white, fragrant, to half an inch.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2-4 inch long dull dark green to gray-green leaves in pairs, that are copper-colored when young. Undersides are pubescent. Not reliable for fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer