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PlantFiles: Koreanspice Viburnum
Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
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
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive roseofkaren On Jul 19, 2004, roseofkaren from Palatine, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This viburnmum stays small, about 36", and is perfect in the front of my house where it borders the walkway. This way when you pass it while in bloom, you can't help but smell its wonderful flowers. The smell is reminisent of a hyacynth. The leaves have a wonderful fuzzy texture that add interest.


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

Sonoma, California
Lake Bluff, Illinois
Palatine, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Pequannock, New Jersey
Elba, New York
Memphis, Tennessee
Seattle, Washington
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

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