Korean Viburnum (Viburnum Carlesii)

Viburnum Carlesii

Korean Viburnum

Caprifoliaceae

Viburnum Carlesii

The origin of the generic name is not clear. The genus comprises some 120 species distributed throughout the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere; only occasionally are they found in the tropical zone, in Java. The species is named after W. R. Charles, one-time consul in China and an avid plant collector. Native to Korea, it was first introduced into Britain in 1900. It is a deciduous shrub about 1.5m (5ft) high. The flowers are whitish-pink, very fragrant, and borne in dense cymes, and the leaves are opposite and toothed. The fruit is a one-seeded drupe.

Viburnum is propagated by means of seeds which are stored for the winter at a temperature of about 8° C (47° F) stratified in spring and sown in the autumn. It may also be budded or the scion with a leaf can be grafted on to Viburnum lantana rootstock. Propagation by summer cuttings with a heel is also a possible but not very successful method. Viburnum requires good, deep loamy soil, on the moist side, with humus, and prefers a sunny situation. The Korean viburnum is attractive as a solitary specimen in small gardens and parks. Its salient features are its early flowering and strong fragrance.

02. May 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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