Viburnum carlesii Spice Island®

Flowers after the leaves unfurl!

Common Name Spice Island Korean spice bush
Botanical Name Viburnum carlesii ‘Select A’ Spice Island®
Size 4-5' tall by 4-5' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 5-9
Sun / Shade Full sun (6 hours) to partial shade
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture Moist, but well drained
Disease and Pests None known
Landscape use Foundations, mixed borders, specimens, urban gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness A provocative blend of spices and vanilla come together to make this one of the most fragrant ornamentals on the planet! This viburnum never stops giving: beginning with clusters of white flowers and finally with fall comes brilliant shades of burgundy and red leaves making the entire plant look like its on fire. This would definitely be our pick if we could only choose one
Propagation Methods Vegetative softwood cuttings
Bloom Time Mid-Spring

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

Have you ever wondered what you would plant if there was only room for one in your outdoor space? High on my list would be something with amazing flowers. Yes, flowers with a tantalizing fragrance that could be carried on the breeze. Something I could plant along a walkway so that every time someone passed by, the sweet aroma would captivate him or her. Maybe a plant that was compact enough to place near a window so I could breath in the fragrance on a spring day. Viburnum Spice Island™ offers all of these nuances and so much more! Delightfully fragrant, pink buds open to white snowball-like clusters. And unlike many viburnum carlesii, this variety blooms with its leaves fully expanded as a backdrop, enhancing the beauty of the flowers. And as the warm summer breezes make way for crisp autumn air, Spice Island’s™ leaves turn to brilliant shades of burgundy and glowing red.

A compact grower, Spice Island™ is slow to mature, perfect for garden paths, smaller spaces and as a specimen plant.