Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’
Korean spice viburnum
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Cushions of dark pink buds open to pastel pink and impart a wonderful fragrance in early spring. Along with its springtime attributes the foliage of Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora' often turns red in autumn. This medium-sized shrub makes a great focal point or use in a mixed hedge or border.
Plant Type: spreading shrub
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 7
Flower Color: pink
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established, but will flower better with occasional watering during very long dry spells
Seasonal Interest: fragrant flowers in spring
Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: silver, gold, burgundy
Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue
- Culture Notes
- This tough shrub grows best in full sun, but will tolerate light or open shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites or clay if the drainage is adequate. It is drought tolerant once established, but flowering will be more profuse if it receives occasional water during dry weather. Little pruning is needed to maintain an attractive plant.
- Geek Notes
- Introduced by Slieve Donard Nursery, Newcastle, Northern Ireland in 1958 after 25 years of breeding work done by Leslie Slinger.