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Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum'

Plant near a door for a whiff of spring perfume

The Koreanspice viburnum has clove-scented flowers that bloom for about two weeks in midspring. It's a dense, rounded shrub with spreading branches that grows to 4' or 5'. The highly fragrant flowers appearing in late April into May are small, about 1/2" across, and borne in clusters 2" to 3" across. The buds are reddish-pink and open white. The fruit, a small drupe that matures in late summer or early fall, starts red and becomes black. It is not highly ornamental and is usually concealed beneath the leaves. Wine-red fall color is quite attractive. Plant Koreanspice viburnum near a path or door for two weeks of spring fragrance. 

Viburnum carlesii
Koreanspice viburnum
Family: Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae)
Type: Deciduous tree/shrub

Mature Size:
5-8 feet

Shape:
round
  Flower Colors:
white
pink
  Bloom Season:
March-April
May-June
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
5-7
attracts butterflies
  Landscape Use:
bedding or border
specimen plant
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