Botanical Name: Viburnum carlesii
Common Name: Koreanspice Viburnum  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color

Black, Blue


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Hedge, Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany, JJ Neilson
  • Description

  • Notes

This Koreanspice viburnum cultivar is a slow-growing, upright, rounded, deciduous shrub which typically matures to 4 or 5 feet tall and wide, but eventually may reach a height of 8 feet under optimum growing conditions. Red buds open in late March/early April to pink-changing-to-white flowers which are arranged in snowball-like clusters and are very fragrant. Flowers give way to non-showy, berry-like drupes which mature to blue-black in late summer. Broad ovate, serrate, dark green leaves are infrequently flushed with copper. Foliage usually turns dull red in fall, but may sometimes display attractive shades of wine-red to burgundy. 'Compacta' grows even slower, typically 2 to 4 feet tall and wide.
Grow in well drained, loamy soils in full sun to part shade (while viburnum will grow in full shade, they will be a little spindly and less floriferous). Provide regular irrigation during the hottest summer months. Avoid shearing, and prune selectively if necessary, though it is a compact and tidy grower.