American Spice Viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Duvone’)

American Spice Viburnum

Tough native plant varieties are the most no-nonsense types around! Featuring gorgeous blooms, a unique spicy-sweet fragrance, and easy-going compact nature, plus fall color and berries – What more do you need? American Spice Viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Duvone’) is just that sort of shrub! Spring brings a burst of lovely deep green leaves that have a crinkled appearance and retain these features all growing season.

Late spring brings coral to rosy blushed buds that burst into clusters of white blooms, that sparkle in the sun! They have a spicy clove-like scent! Butterflies and other pollinators love these fragrant blooms that appear in rounded bouquets all over the shrub. Snip a few blossoms for your vases indoors and enjoy the clove-like fragrance anywhere you need a pick-me-up! The glossy, dark green leaves are semi-evergreen in the warmer of the American Spices’ USDA growing zones 5-9!

Autumn brings shiny jewel berries that turn dark red to nearly black – and are highly sought-after by the birds. Highlighted by an amazing whirlwind of striking orange, scarlet, yellow, and green splashes of fall color of the foliage. Plant with multiple other Burkwood Viburnum varieties for increased pollination and therefore more of those showy The slower growth rate means no maintenance for the busy gardener and American Spice Viburnum retains a smaller, neat and tidy appearance!

Planting and Application:

Lovely accents in pollinator gardens, beds, borders and as a wonderful privacy hedge, be sure to plant these shrubs in a highly conspicuous location so you can enjoy all three of their seasons of the show! Viburnum are traditional additions to the cottage or rustic garden and the dark-green foliage creates the perfect backdrop for your other smaller shrubs and perennials.

Can you imagine a living fence of these blooming shrubs around seating areas, or as a backdrop to Roses, perhaps a berry-filled hedge that’s filled with happy birdsong? How about these scented ornamentals lighting up your Moon Garden? Cut flower gardens and bird-friendly shelterbelts become divine swaths both you and your feathered friends will be drawn to!

Growing modestly to a 4-foot tall and wide shrub, American Spice is wonderful for use in large planters and containers! Situate these dynamic ornamentals at the start of a driveway or path, accent back entertaining areas, reading nooks or even your front porch for a fragrant welcome. The fragrance of the spring blooms will whisk you away to a place of tranquility as the dense branching brings privacy and screening. When used en masse as hedges or groupings, even the neighbors you are hiding from view won’t mind being screened off by these fantastic shrubs!

  • White Mophead Flower Clusters – Clove-Like Fragrance
  • Hardy, Tough Shrub – Semi-Evergreen in Warm Growing Zones
  • Pollinator Friendly & Vital Songbird Food
  • Gorgeous Deep Green Crinkled Foliage & Multi-Color Fall Color
  • Containers, Low Hedges, Screening & Wildlife Interest

Tips for Care:

American Spice thrives in full to part sun locations where the soil is well-drained and in average to higher moisture. Because this Viburnum variety can grow in either full sun or partial shade, it is a good choice to use throughout your landscape. Well-drained soil is best, but it will adapt to many soil types that shed water quickly after a rain event. Carefully water in new shrubs during their first season and again in the fall before winter. Prune lightly to shape right after flowering is finished. Don’t wait too long, as this shrub blooms on last year’s wood and you may prune off next year’s flowers!

  • Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Almost Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Prune After Flowering & Appreciates Mulch
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone & Juglone Resistant

Year-round interest, incredible fragrance, and dramatic fall color, all on a hardy, tough native shrub, you’ll not go wrong with ordering the American Spice Viburnum!

American Spice Viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Duvone’) Details

Common name American Spice Viburnum
Botanical name Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Duvone'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Slow
Height 4 ft.
Width 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium to Moist
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Pink Buds Open White