Arrowwood viburnum is a viburnum shrub that is hardy and adaptable to harsh conditions. Find facts and information on growing and caring for arrowwood viburnum shrubs, Viburnum dentatum. You may also find information on other types of viburnum shrubs, such as the Burkwood viburnum for your landscape.
Arrowwood Viburnum Facts
Arrowwood Viburnum grows well in Zones 3-8 and will reach a height and width of 6’-15’. It is a deciduous shrub with a rounded form. Arrowwood is often used in shrub borders, shade gardens, and as screening plants.
Arrowwood is a large, multi-stemmed shrub with showy creamy-white flowers in spring and attractive fall color. The common name comes from the straight, thin, upright stems. New leaves have a folded, accordion-like appearance. Leaves turn yellow, red, or reddish purple before faling. Blue-hued fruits appear in September to October. The color differs in brightness from plant to plant, affecting the showiness.
It prefers moist, well-drained soil and sun but can tolerate moderate amounts of shade. It makes a good hedge or screen and works well when massed in a shrub border.
Arrowwood also attracts wildlife, especially birds, which eat the fruits. Because it suckers and spreads, it is best suited to a contained space or naturalized situations.
Care of Arrowwood
Arrowwood viburnum is easily transplanted. Plants may suffer in drought conditions. Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season, especially the first 2-3 years after planting. Feed every spring with a good plant food. Pruning should be done right after flowering. Prune the suckers to keep plants from getting out of bounds.
Propagation is done by taking stem tip cuttings in early summer.
Pests and Diseases are not a problem with this viburnum.
Blue Muffin Viburnum Shrub is a new compact species that has white flowers and beautifully colored blue berries in the mid to late summer. This variety grows 5-7' tall by 4-5 ' tall. It does great as a foundation shrub or screening plant.
Related species: linden viburnum (V. dilitatum) produces copious amounts of red fruit. It is hardy in Zones 4-7. Wayfaringtree viburnum (V. Lantana) is more upright. The leathery, glossy, wrinkled leaves are dark green. Fruits change from green to cream to red to blue to black and persist into winter. Birds will readily spread seedlings. Lantanaphyllum (V.xrhytidophylloides) has large, leathery, semi-evergreen leaves and is hardy in Zones 5-8.
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