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Korean Spice Viburnum

Viburnum carlesii

Large clusters of spicy-scented, waxy pink flowers fade to white. Bright red berries fade to black in fall. Foliage becomes red and burgundy in autumn. Plant in the shrub border, back of perennial beds and foundation plantings. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationvy-BER-num kar-LEE-see-eye
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide; up to 8 ft. tall with age.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasDisplay this shrub where you can enjoy the incredible fragrance of its spring flowers. Its spreading form can be included in the border with perennials and smaller shrubs. It can also take part shade, always a valuable asset in a shrub.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitBushy
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Specimen, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureExtreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Ornamental Berries, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsArborvitae (Thuja); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Allium (Allium); Spurge (Euphorbia); Rosemary (Rosemarinus)

Easily grown in average, moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil; does not tolerate soggy soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

Good to grow!