Viburnum carlesii “Compactum”
Plant Abstract

Known as- Koreanspice viburnum
Grow Zone - 4 to 7
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Caprifoliaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 2.5 to 4 ft.
Span- 2.5 to 4 ft.
Coloring- White
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prune immediately after flowering since flower buds form in summer for the following year.
This Koreanspice viburnum cultivar is a compact, slow-growing, rounded, deciduous shrub which typically matures 3-4” tall with a similar spread. Pink buds open in spring (early April in the St. Louis area) to sweetly fragrant white flowers which are arranged in snowball-like clusters (hemispherical cymes) to 3’ across. Flowers give way to non-showy, berry-like drupes which mature to blue-black in late summer. Broad ovate, serrate, dark green leaves (to 4’ long). Foliage usually turns dull red in fall, but may often display attractive shades of wine-red to burgundy.
No serious insect or disease problems. Reportedly has good resistance to leaf spot. Powdery mildew can be an occasional problem.
Common Applications-
Plant in groups or mix with other broadleaf shrubs. Shrub border or foundation plant. May be grown as a hedge. Attractive, highly fragrant flowers are best feature.