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Viburnum Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum

Arrowwood Viburnum - Viburnum dentatum
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A multi-stemmed, rounded shrub with creamy white late spring or early summer flowers. Leaves are lustrous, dark green in summer changing to yellow to glossy red and reddish- purple in the fall. Flowers are followed by ½" blue-black berries that ripen in early fall. This shrub provides food, cover, and nesting sites for birds, and larval food for butterflies and moths. Grows 6'-15 high with a comparable spread. Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade.

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Zones 3 - 8 Zones 3 - 8
Hardiness Zones 3 - 8
The Viburnum Arrowwood can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Shrubs
6' - 15' High 6' - 15' High
Mature Height
The Viburnum Arrowwood grows to be 6' - 15' feet in height.
6' - 15' Spread 6' - 15' Spread
Mature Spread
The Viburnum Arrowwood has a spread of about 6' - 15' at full maturity.
Medium Growth Medium Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This Viburnum Arrowwood does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Viburnum Arrowwood grows in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
Irregular Shape Irregular Shape
Shape
This Viburnum Arrowwood has irregular, rounded shape.
Description

A multi-stemmed, rounded shrub with creamy white late spring or early summer flowers. Leaves are lustrous, dark green in summer changing to yellow to glossy red and reddish- purple in the fall. Flowers are followed by ½" blue-black berries that ripen in early fall. This shrub provides food, cover, and nesting sites for birds, and larval food for butterflies and moths. Grows 6'-15 high with a comparable spread. Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade.

Wildlife Value

It forms dense thickets and provides excellent cover and nesting sites. Birds consume the abundant fruits. It attracts Red Admiral, Eastern Comma, Question Mark butterflies and is larval plant food for the spring azure butterfly and hummingbird moth.

History/Lore/Use

The arrowwood viburnum is native from New Brunswick to Minnesota, south to Georgia.The name arrowwood comes from Native Americans using the strong shoots which developed from the roots for the shafts of their arrows.

Leaves

The leaves are opposite, simple, suborbicular to ovate, 2-4 1/2" long, 1-4" wide, with a coarsely toothed margin as the botanical name implies, lustrous dark green in summer, sometimes without the sheen, yellow to glossy red to reddish-purple in the fall. Fall color will vary depending upon exposure, growing conditions and genetics within the species.

Flower Color

White with yellow stamens create a creamy colored small flower in 2-4", flat topped clusters (cymes)

Bloom Time

May to early June

Fruit Description

blue to bluish black, 1/4" long, oval berries (drupes) ripening in late September through October