Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Koreanspice Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Medium
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum carlesii Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Related Cultivars:

    Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 5-7'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Full sun to partial shade.

  • Notes:

    Koreanspice viburnum is among the very finest of landscape plants. The highly fragrant flowers appear in late April to early May, reddish-pink in bud opening to white. The dark green summer foliage turns a vivid orange-red in fall. It is smaller in stature than most viburnums, making it especially useful around patios, walkways, entrances and other areas where its fragrance can be readily appreciated. Various individuals of this species are often sold as the Judd Viburnum (Viburnum x juddii). Nurseries will often sell plants listed as both V. carlesii and V. x juddii, which are simply different clones of this species.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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