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Korean Spice Viburnum
Caprifoliaceae
Viburnum carlesii


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Shrub

Caprifoliaceae Family

Viburnum Genus

Location

Native to Korea and Japan's Tsushima Island

Physical Description
This deciduous shrub with toothed, dark green leaves bears pink buds in late spring that open to white or pink-flushed flowers borne in domed clusters. The intoxicating fragrance is reminiscent of spice cake. The plant also has attractive red foliage and berries in the fall. It grows to about 6 feet tall and wide.

Opposite and simple, the broad-ovate leaves are 1 to 4" long with denticulate margins and slightly impressed veination. The upper surface is dull dark green and pubescent, whereas the underside is gray-green and densely pubescent.

Flowers are perfect, 1/2" across in 2-3" dense hemispherical cymes in late April. Pink to reddish in bud opening to white, incredibly fragrant.

Fruit are Red turning to black, drupes are 1/4" in length and borne in late summer




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Caprifoliaceae
Dipsacales
Dipsacales
Thirsty Order (Teasel)
Euasterids II
Euasterids II
Real Stars Group Two
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
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Euphyllophytina
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Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
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Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
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Streptobionta
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

In prehistory, the long straight shoots of some viburnums were used for arrow-shafts, as those found with Ötzi the Iceman

Cultivation: Koreanspice viburnums are happiest in moist, acidic, well-drained soils in full sun. However, they are tolerant of semi-shade, heavy clay soils, alkalinity, and to a certain degree, drought

Propagation: The best way to propagate this species is through cuttings, despite literature suggesting the contrary. They should be gathered in June-July and dipped in 8000 ppm IBA-talc, followed by a brief dormancy cycle.

Medicinal Uses: The bark of some species is used in herbal medicine, as an anti-spasmodic and to treat asthma

Aromatherapy Uses: Flowers are extremely fragrant. Out of all the Viburnums, Koreanspice is one of the most fragrant! Their heavenly fragrance is the main reason for planting them in your garden



Korean Spice Viburnum




Korean Spice Viburnum


Comment: Korean Spice Viburnum , Viburnum carlesii

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Thunder
Thunder
July 07, 2010
Actually I do not see why you shouldn't at least try to move it. It sounds like it has not thrived, moving it might take it a full year to respond, so don't give up!

Jeanne

Iowa July 07, 2010
I have a Korean Spice Viburnum and am wondering if I can transplant it now since the place I have it is in the shade and it hasn't done much in the last two years. It only stands about a foot tall and hasn't branched out much either. I would like to move it and feel like it needs to catch up so would like to do it now if you think that would work. Thanks for your help.

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