Viburnum carlesii
Viburnum carlesii

Viburnum carlesii

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Common Name: Korean Spice Viburnum
Hardiness Zone: 5-7S/8W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Apr-May
Mature Height: 4-6' Spacing: 5-6'
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Fragrance: Yes
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Viburnum carlesii 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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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.


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Needs patience

Purchased three of these from a nursery that sourced from White Flower Farm. While they were in flower when I bought them, it's taken 3 years for them to flower once planted in my yard. This is the first year I'm seeing flowers and only a few clusters per bush. I do like the shape of the plant and like the soft green color of the leaves all summer. It also has nice fall color. I just wish I had been warned that it can take years for them to establish to get a nice flower show!

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Quite nice

I purchased three of these about 4 years ago They are all doing well and the fragrance is wonderful. Yes, they were small when they arrived, but a larger plant might not have enough rootstock to do well. These grew quite vigorously .

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Spactacular bush! Most delightful fragrance

I planted this about 15 years ago with my Uncle. It is a gorgeous plant that fills the neighborhood with its glorious fragrance - even better than lilacs! It is currently in full bloom.
Mine is planted in the sunshine on the northside of my property - it has always done well.
Mine looks exactly like the photo. Would purchase again if I had the space to plant it :)

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Love it.....Love it....Love it!!!

This has been one of my favorite shrubs in the garden. Bought two of these and put under my bedroom window so when they bloomed I could take advantage of the fragrance...what a good decision. Shrubs are now 6 years old and every spring when these bloom the smell drifts through the house and it is heavenly. Bush itself is not very exciting but it does create a nice hedge under the windows and the birds love to nest in it.

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Not sure about condition

I am not sure how this specimen will do. It arrived with some dead wood and die back. It is in the ground and I will monitor to see how it does. Also, the 2 healthy stems are crossing each other, so that's not a good specimen either. This is the first shrub I have ordered from White Flower Farm. If this does not do well, I will not order shrubs from them again. I gave it 2 stars because it may survive and do ok.

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Latin Name Pronunciation: vye-burr'num 

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.