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Viburnum carlesii
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Korean Spicebush

Viburnum carlesii

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Viburnum

Viburnum, whether evergreen or deciduous, is certainly a shrub for all seasons: there’s ‘Diana’ to usher in spring and ‘Summer Snowflake’ adorning graduation and June weddings. Blazing with autumn color, and all bearing lustrous fruit through winter to attract feathered visitors, these graceful shrubs exhibit an enduring cold hardiness.

They prefer rich, moist soil and bloom best in full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade.

Viburnum carlesii full sun  partial shade

This much loved Japanese and Korean denizen has tantalized gardeners with its sweet vanilla-laden scent since 1906. First appearing in late autumn on naked light brown branches, the clustered red buds stir our interest as we eagerly await spring and the snowball-like 3 in. wide cymes of pink flowers, which mature to crisp white against broadly ovate dusty green deciduous leaves. Aside from the fabulously fragrant blooms, the grand slow-growing Korean Spicebush offers plenty of reasons to invite it into your garden: red and black fruit (a beckoning sight for hungry birds), wine-red fall color, attractive smallish rounded frame plus a trouble free low maintenance constitution.

Blooms March-April

Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high x 4' 0"–6' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Viburnum carlesii (S-0071)
Each $14.50
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