This is one of the most gloriously fragrant shrubs known to man. The dense flower heads, which measure up to 3″ across, produce white flowers from blush pink buds, and the perfume, which is a sweet, rich, spicy vanilla, carries a considerable distance across a lawn or garden. Plant one or two where you take your springtime strolls.
With the possible exception of Rhododendron, no genus offers as many attractive and useful shrubs as Viburnum. Viburnums prefer rich, evenly moist, slightly acid soil and generally flower most abundantly in full sun.
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HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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gardendevi from SE Pennsylvania
I would recommend planting one near a garage, door or window that you frequently use, to better enjoy the intoxicating fragrance and delicate pink & white of the early April blooms. It also has nice reddish maroon fall coloring. I underplanted mine with early narcissus and Ceratostigma plumbaginoides - to highlight it's two main seasons of interest. Have had problems of late with black aphids in mid-spring - which causes some disfiguring of the leaves, but has not harmed the plant - which is now 15 years old.
Laure from New Jersey
Try to plant this near a window you open this time of year...only flowers for a short stint but you will be delirious with the fragrance that surrounds this shrub...I planted 2 on either side of a fireplace focal with windows above them and the fragrance permeates my entire 5000 sq ft house...better than lilacs or stargazer lilies...an unusual sophisticated fragrance...my aunt was visiting hen it flowered and she thought I had lit a high end fragrance candle...
Daisy Hound from Washington DC
when i was small, my father had 2 viburnum just outside his library windows, at the bottom of the steps to the garden. To this day when i smell viburnum carlesii it takes me back to those days and the excitement of springtime flowers, and the intoxicating scent of the abundant blooms. I plant viburnum carlesii at every home i've had in the US and the UK, as a lasting memory not only for me but those who come after me. Such happy carefree plants, give them some water and they do the rest!
Arbor Anne from Winston Salem
This was a sad looking plant. It looked like someone chopped of a branch of a larger specimen, and rooted it! It is lopsided and the root system on the plant very poor. If it lives it will be a miracle. I will not be ordering from here again.
With the possible exception of Rhododendron, no genus offers as many attractive and useful shrubs as this one. Viburnum provides just about anything you could want in a shrub, from profuse bloom to handsome foliage to colorful fruits to fall color. Growth habit varies among species: V. carlesii (Korean Spice Viburnum) and V. opulus (European Cranberry Bush) varieties are round-topped and fairly dense; V. dentatum (Arrowwood Viburnum) is large with spreading branches, V. plicatum tomentosum (Doublefile Viburnum) has tiers of horizontal branches, and V. trilobum (American Cranberry Bush) varieties are more upright.
CULTURE: Full sun (grow in partial shade in the South and warm inland areas of the West); rich, well-drained, evenly moist, and slightly acidic soil. Viburnums do not tolerate drought well. Space 5–8′ apart, depending on variety.
GROWTH: Plants usually need 3–5 years to start blooming and fruiting. Medium growth rate of 12–24″ a year, depending on growing conditions.
SUGGESTED USE: Screening, informal hedge, native plantings, or mixed perennial and shrub borders.
PRUNING: Prune as necessary after plants bloom in spring. Be aware that pruning will reduce the fruit production of V. trilobum varieties.