Korean Spice Viburnum

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Amazing fragrant flowers, this customer favorite and best seller for good reason, the lovely Korean Spice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii), also known as Koreanspice, is a wonderfully fragrant, deciduous shrub. If you had to pick only one shrub to plant in your yard, Korean Spice Viburnum would be that shrub. You'll fall for the ornamental flowers and heavenly scent.

Korean Spice Viburnum is a charming shrub in every way. In spring, petite pink buds unfurl their delicate petals to reveal pink-tinted blossoms that slowly transition to white. Waxy, red flower buds open to white blooms clusters around the same time as your spring-flowering bulbs put on their show.

These 3-inch floral snowballs are sure to turn your head every time you step outside when they are in bloom. Their spicy scent will draw you closer and be an irresistible call to hummingbirds and butterflies so early in the season. Korean Spice is one of the most popular, best-selling plants because of its incredible spicy flowers that exude such an intoxicating fragrance. To date, nobody has been able to successfully recreate that sweet and spicy scent in a candle or spray.

Korean Spice's 4-inch, dark green leaves provide a lush, verdant appearance in your yard. They add a dash of spicy red and purple fall color that lasts and lasts until late in the season. This fine-textured shrub looks great all growing season long.

This Viburnum also has an upright, open-branching nature, so it looks great in winter, too. Add another cultivar like Spice Baby™ Korean Spice as a cross-pollination partner. Your local songbirds will appreciate having the red berries that turn nearly black in autumn. You'll like adding a bit of extra interest to this exceptional, ornamental shrub.

Planting and Application:

You'll find many places to add the compact, rounded Korean Spice Viburnum to your landscape. Use it throughout all of your landscape plantings to weave a common thread of light pink and white flowers, great summer foliage, and outstanding fall color.

You'll have to grow your own and relish the spring bloom time. Korean Spice is a plant that belongs right below your kitchen window, outside of your family room, at your front entrance and along the patio.

Korean Spice Viburnum is a fantastic backdrop to your perennial garden or in a mixed shorter shrub border. These compact shrubs can make handsome foundation plantings. They are just the right size to use as a low-privacy screen along the back of your patio seating area. Heavenly!

Include a few as specimens in your mixed shrub borders or repeat them across the back of your perennial beds as a dramatic backdrop. You'll want to cut some of the sweet pink flower buds for cut flower arrangements. Enjoy watching them open in the vase. Even the fall fruit looks great in bouquets!

Use a hedge of them in full sun or part shade to screen out short, ugly views like the neighbor's garbage cans or to hide your air conditioning unit. Plant several 2 ½-3 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. You'll create a small, fragrant hedge with a nice, rounded form, with very little pruning.

  • Waxy Red Buds Open to Light Pink Fragrant Spring Blooms
  • Butterfly Magnet & Incredibly Fragrant Shrub
  • Beautiful Leathery Leaves are Small & Fine-Textured
  • Lovely Branch Structure
  • Gorgeous Wine-Red and Purple Fall Color
  • Beautiful Screens, Hedges & Specimens & Scented Privacy

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Deciduous Korean Spice will adapt to almost any soil type, as long as it drains after a rain event. It's easily grown in average, well-drained soil. If you see puddles that last a long time after a rain shower, bring in additional soil and mound it up to 18 inches. Plant directly in that mound. Top off with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to hold in moisture and insulate the roots.

Give young plants a moderate amount of moisture on a regular basis to establish them in your landscape. After the first seasons, they can tolerate short periods of drought. However, it is best to keep your Viburnum healthy and stress-free by adding water when needed to the soil. Juglone from Walnut trees doesn't affect these hardy shrubs as badly as others!

Wait to prune until after those amazing flowers are finished in spring. It's rare to need to tip prune, but you can shorten up the ends of branches right after flowering if you'd like. You can also skip tip pruning and renewal prune only if you wish to have fruit for birds. Renewal prune removes the largest, thickest stems from the ground every few years. This will rejuvenate your shrub. Leave the young stems in place, which will flower nicely for you next spring.

Korean Spice has no significant disease or insect issues. It's a good source of food and cover for wildlife, but deer tend to pass it by. It adapts well to a wide variety of environmental climates.

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Moderate Moisture & Appreciates Mulch
  • Widely Adaptable Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Insect & Disease Resistant
  • Deer Tend to Leave It Alone
  • Blooms on Old Wood - Prune Immediately After Flowering

Spicy flowers and fragrance on a beautiful, hardy shrub, Korean Spice Viburnum seems to have it all! Order this amazing plant and perfume your landscape! It's so easy to care for and offers so much.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Viburnum Bushes Fragrant?

The flowers on the Korean Spice Viburnum have a wonderfully sweet and spicy fragrance that is strong and appealing!

When Do You Prune Flowering Viburnum Shrubs?

Viburnum shrubs bloom on old wood, so it is very important to only prune them immediately after the flowers fade. Should you wish to enjoy the fruit that forms after the flowers fade, then do not prune, instead remove one-third of the oldest, fattest stems that are no longer as vigorous. Pruning them out at the ground level. This leaves fruit for birds and winter interest and increases overall plant vigor while reducing the size of your shrub.

Do Viburnums Like Full Sun or Shade? What is the Best Location for Viburnum?

Viburnums in general need full sun for the most fruit and flowers, but also do well in partial shade and afternoon shade. Highly adaptable, they enjoy mulched, enriched, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. They need regular moisture while young, but once established will only need supplemental moisture during extreme heat and drought.

Does Korean Spice Viburnum Produce Fruit?

The Korean Spice Viburnum will produce bright red berries that change to black during the fall, but they need another Viburnum carlesii planted nearby for cross-pollination.

Does Viburnum Spread?

Korean Spice can form suckers at the base of the plant, but these can be removed when pruning after flowering or mowed down if you do not wish it to spread. Not invasive, these plants will politely form tidy thickets over time when allowed.

Do Viburnum Shrubs Lose Their Leaves in Winter?

Korean Spice Viburnum is a deciduous Viburnum and will drop its leaves in the fall.

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Korean Spice Viburnum Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Viburnum carlesii
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes