Korean Spice Viburnum Shrub | Care, Planting Tips, Landscaping Ideas

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Korean Spice Viburnum

Korean Spice viburnum has dusty green deciduous foliage that serves as the backdrop to the numerous clusters of pinkish-white flowers. The flowers give off a strong spicy fragrance that can be detected up to 30 feet away.





The flowers give way to very small red drupes that ripen to black. These drupes are not very showy, but they attract birds in the fall. Autumn changes the green leaves to a wine red before they fall. The bark is gray or pale gray-brown.

New branches are a velvety golden brown. Growth is compact and rounded, making it a good candidate for a screen or hedge plant. It grows slowly, so this needs to be taken into account.

Landscaping Ideas

Korean Spice viburnum makes an excellent specimen plant, especially as a foundation shrub near a window or along an entryway so you can enjoy the spicy fragrance. The flowers are by far its best feature.

A mass planting of various viburnums can take you through early spring through midsummer with beautiful blooms and scent. This shrub attracts birds and serves as a food source for the caterpillars of the azure blue butterflies.

They also look very nice as a border plant or hedge. Surround with colorful perennials or use as the centerpiece in a moonlight garden.

Care And Planting Tips

Plant Korean Spice viburnum in a sunny spot with well-drained moist soil for the best growth. The soil should be slightly acidic. It is tolerant of windy locations as long as they are not too cold and drying. Flowers appear on new wood.

To avoid suckers, find plants that are grown on their own rootstock. This plant is frost hardy, but it does not like compacted soil.

This shrub can be prone to nematodes, powdery mildew, wood rot, rust, downy mildew and bacterial leaf spot. Japanese beetles, weevils, Viburnum beetle, mealybugs and tree hoppers are common pests. Summer cuttings are easy to propagate.

Viburnum Information

  • Scientific Name:Viburnum carlesii Hemsl

  • Best Soil: Moist, well-drained soil but will tolerate clay

  • Light: Sun to partial shade

  • Growth Rate: Slow

  • Foilage: Dusty green

  • Fall Color: Brilliant red to dull burgundy

  • Bloom: Snowball clusters of flowers begin as pink and then fade to white; extremely fragrant

  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 4 to 5 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide in a rounded, irregular habit

  • Hardiness Zone: 4 to 7

  • Plant Spacing: Plant 4 feet apart for hedges


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