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Viburnum carlesii Korean Spice Viburnum

A row of V. carlesii - Korean Spice

Viburnum carlesii

Korean Spice Viburnum

An excellent, rounded shrub growing 5-8' tall and wide.  April flowers are pink in the bud, opening to white and very fragrant, hence its name.  Fruit is red changing to black.  Although fruit is persistant through the winter, it is sparse and therefore not real effective.  Foliage is pubescent, green, with a wine-red fall color. 

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Although there are many fragrant viburnums, V. carlesii is possibly the most commonly planted in home gardens.


5-8 Feet


5-8 Feet

Viburnum carlesii Characteristics

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Rounded

Soil Requirements

  • Acid
  • Well-drained

Sun Requirements

  • Full Shade or Part Sun

Fall Color

  • Wine red

Flowering Season

  • Mid to late April

Fragrant Flowers

  • Yes


  • Persistant
  • Red to black
  • Sparse

Native to

  • Tsushima Island, Japan
  • Korea