Viburnum, Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)

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Viburnum dentatum, arrowwood viburnum.jpg

Viburnum, Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)


Extremely hardy and reliable, arrowwood viburnum is an upright, rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub to 6-10' tall with a similar spread. Non-fragrant, white flowers in flat-topped corymbs appear in late spring. Flowers give way to blue-black, berry-like drupes, which are quite attractive to birds including the Eastern Bluebird, Northern Flicker, Gray Catbird and American Robin. Toothed, glossy dark green leaves have variable fall color that ranges from drab yellow to attractive shades of orange and wine-red. Tolerant of clay soils, flooding and black walnut. Native Americans reportedly used the straight stems of this shrub for arrow shafts, hence the common name.  Larval host to the Spring Azure butterfly. Black walnut tolerant.

Zone: 2-8

Light: sun, part shade, shade

Soil: dry, moist, wet, clay tolerant, flood tolerant

Size: 6-10 ft tall, wide

Bloom Time: May to June

Black Walnut Tolerant

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