FIELD GUIDE TO SHRUBS

Compact Mayflower Viburnum
Viburnum carlesii

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Preferred Habitat: moist, well-drained soils in full sun

Range: originally ranged across Korea

Height: up to 2 meters (6 feet)

Leaves: oppositely arranged on stem, deciduous leaves are broad ovate to elliptic, 2-9 cm long, dull green surface, irregularly toothed with an acute apex

Flowers: flowers opening to white 8 cm in diameter dome-shaped cymes; begin to flower in mid to late April; have a distinctive clove-like fragrance

Fruit: red drupes that turn blue-black in autumn

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: also known as Koreanspice viburnum