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Spice Baby™ Koreanspice Viburnum

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Spice Baby™ Koreanspice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii ‘Spice Baby’)An attractive selection, covered in intoxicatingly sweet-smelling ball-shaped clusters of white blooms from rose pink buds; plant where the fragrance can be enjoyed; tidy the rest of the year; makes a beautiful accent specimen or hedge

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
5 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Viburnum
Species:
carlesii
Cultivar:
SMVCB
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from early to late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
red
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Spice Ball Koreanspice, Korean Spice
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Density:
dense
Flower Bud Color:
rose
Flower Eye Color:
butter
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Spice Baby™ Koreanspice Viburnum is smothered in stunning balls of fragrant white flowers with buttery yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from early to late spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds. It has green deciduous foliage. The heart-shaped leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. The black fruits are held in clusters from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Spice Baby™ Koreanspice Viburnum is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Spice Baby™ Koreanspice Viburnum will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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