Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum', Koreanspice Viburnum

 Viburnum carlesii 'Compactum'
This small low growing rounded shrub (1metre high) is really suited to a cool mountain climate and despite my recommendations about its possible limited success here on the coast, a friend recently brought one from a specialist nursery. I wonder how it will cope with the summer humidity and heat. Other Viburnums grown here often end up with spider mite damage on their leaves or powdery mildew. It is worth a try however as the flowers are sweetly scented and the leaves have an interesting texture. Deciduous in winter, it would be ideal to under-plant with some winter flowering bulbs or as a background to Helleborus species.

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