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Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’ (Koreanspice Viburnum)

Koreanspice Viburnum 'Aurora', Korean Spice Viburnum 'Aurora', Arrowwood 'Aurora', Viburnum carlesii 'Donard Pink'

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Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’ (Koreanspice Viburnum) is a bushy, deciduous shrub with a profusion of large flower clusters that perfume the garden with their sweet, spicy fragrance in spring. Opening from dark pink flower buds, pastel pink flowers arranged in snowball clusters gradually fade to white as they mature. Elegantly held above the foliage, they are followed by bright red berries, borne in dense upward clusters. Coppery when young, the broadly ovate leaves mature to a dusty dark green before boasting red shades in fall. A wonderful flowering shrub with a long season of interest. Perfect as a specimen or hedge.

  • Slowly grows up with an upright rounded habit to 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm).
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soil types, acidity, and moisture but is happiest in moist, acidic, well-drained soils in full sun.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, it makes striking hedges and screens and lovely foundation plantings. A great shrub for the perennial border too! Plant your Koreanspice Viburnum near high-traffic areas to enjoy its wonderful fragrance.
  • Attractive to birds!
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious insect or disease problems, but watch for occasional leaf spot and powdery mildew.
  • Prune as required immediately after flowering. Cut older branches back to encourage growth
  • Fruit if eaten can cause a mild stomach upset.
  • Native to Korean and Japan.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Heat Zones 4 - 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum, Arrowwood, Korean Spice Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

Recommended Companion Plants

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii (Mediterranean Spurge)
Allium cristophii (Star of Persia)
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ (Lavender)

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Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum plicatum (Japanese Snowball)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Heat Zones 4 - 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum, Arrowwood, Korean Spice Viburnum
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spread 4' - 6'
(120cm - 180cm)
Spacing 48" - 72"
(120cm - 180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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