Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’

Korean spice viburnum

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Outstanding Qualities

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.

Quick Facts

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.