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PlantFiles: Koreanspice Viburnum
Viburnum carlesii

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: carlesii (KARLS-ee-eye) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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6 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ladams1221 On May 1, 2013, ladams1221 from Lake Darby, OH wrote:

It's May 1st, and I'm sitting in the shade of a gorgeous Kwanzan cherry tree in full, glorious bloom, with the scent of the Koreanspice viburnum wafting on the air, in my Columbus, Ohio garden. Just heavenly! I love this viburnum, not only for its beautiful, abundant flowers with their heady scent, but also for its architectural branches. Just an all-around grade A shrub. Highly recommended.

Positive kwanjin On Mar 27, 2012, kwanjin from (Zone 7a) wrote:

I bought this from Home Depot in the Summer of 2010. It sat in the pot in came in for the rest of the year and into the following Fall. I planted it in Oct. of 2011 and, this year, it will bloom for the first time for me. It has had no problems adjusting to the various situations in which I have put it.

Positive bungalow1056 On Apr 1, 2011, bungalow1056 from Winston-Salem, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is an excellent deciduous shrub for a sunny or lightly shaded spot in the garden. Mine doubled in size over one growing season. The fragrance of the blooms is delicious and potent, spicy and sweet as the name suggests. It wafts across the lawn on warm, breezy April days. I've had no trouble with pests on this shrub, unlike the aphid-magnet roses growing just 6 feet away.

Negative lornaschmidt On May 18, 2010, lornaschmidt from Sheboygan, WI wrote:

I have this shrub for five years........ excellent until this year. curled leaves while blooming with blue/black eggs when unravalling the leaf.

Positive subuch On Mar 28, 2007, subuch from Lafayette, CA wrote:

Although it was slow to establish itself here in Zone 9a, the fragrance was well worth the wait. The blossoms have a sharp yet clean spicy fragrance that is complex and without a single dominant scent. The plant appears carefree and has taken transplanting without a whimper.

Positive handhelpers On Apr 25, 2004, handhelpers from Coopersburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this shrub too - and have found it easy to propogate.

Positive bugaboo22 On Apr 24, 2004, bugaboo22 from Hightstown, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this shrub! It was kind of ratty when I bought it, but after the first year, it really took off. It's got delicate clusters of white flowers that smell absolutely wonderful -- somewhat reminiscent of cloves. I only wish it stayed in bloom for more than a couple of weeks. The small dark berries give it some Winter interest. It's been a delight to have in my garden.

Neutral Copperbaron On Jan 26, 2002, Copperbaron from Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

This deciduous small shrub is native to Korea. It is 4'-6' tall with an equal spread, is rounded with upright spreading branches, and is a slow grower. Summer foliage is a dull green and autumn foliage is red, although not reliable. The pinkish white, fragrant flowers are born in dense clusters up to 3" in diameter on new wood and appear in late April. The fruit is red maturing to black in September.

The Korean Spice viburnum prefers well drained, mildly acidic soil in full sun to partial shade. This is a good plant for shrub borders, a fragrant garden, mass plantings, and for berries.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lafayette, California
Rohnert Park, California
Denver, Colorado
Sherman, Connecticut
Marietta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Latonia, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Skowhegan, Maine
Baltimore, Maryland
Ellicott City, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Pembroke, Massachusetts
Okemos, Michigan
Plymouth, Michigan
Grandview, Missouri
Maryland Heights, Missouri
Hightstown, New Jersey
Piscataway, New Jersey
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Galloway, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Horsham, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Foster, Rhode Island
Salt Lake City, Utah
Gloucester, Virginia
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Graham, Washington
Grand Mound, Washington
Ridgefield, Washington
Falling Waters, West Virginia
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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