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Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood Viburnum)

Southern Arrowwood, American Arrow Wood, Arrow Wood

Viburnum dentatum, Southern Arrowwood, American Arrow Wood, Arrow Wood, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, White Flowers, Black berries
Viburnum dentatum, Southern Arrowwood, American Arrow Wood, Arrow Wood, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, White Flowers, Black berries
Viburnum dentatum, Southern Arrowwood, American Arrow Wood, Arrow Wood, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, White Flowers, Black berries
Viburnum dentatum, Southern Arrowwood, American Arrow Wood, Arrow Wood, Shrub with fall color, fall color, shrub with berries, White Flowers, Black berries
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Vigorous and reliable, Viburnum dentatum (Arrowwood Viburnum) is a lovely multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a profusion of flat clusters packed with creamy-white flowers in late spring to late summer. Attractive to butterflies, bumblebees, and other native bees, they are followed by blue-black berries devoured by birds and wildlife.

Arrowwood Viburnum is a favored destination for a variety of bird species, including the American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Bluebird, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Red-Eyed Vireo, and Veery. With its abundant berries and dense foliage, Arrowwood Viburnum provides essential food and shelter, enriching the habitat for these avian visitors.

Its slender, elongate, and ascending branches are clothed with ovate, coarsely toothed, lustrous dark green leaves, 4 inches long (10 cm). They turn shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall. Native to eastern North America, Arrowwood Viburnum occurs naturally in low alluvial woods on terraces and wooded slopes. Incredibly cold-hardy, this viburnum species prefers moist, well-drained soils. Arrowwood Viburnum is an excellent species for wildlife food and habitat, landscape, and beautification. It makes a lovely hedge or screen and is a must in bird gardens.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in average, acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full shade and a wide range of soil conditions, including wet sites and some dryness.
  • Good for shrub borders, hedges, and screens or foundation plantings. Great for open woodland gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant has no serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for whiteflies or the viburnum leaf beetle. Southern Arrow Wood is deer-resistant.
  • Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
  • Propagated either by seed or softwood cuttings.
  • Native to the Eastern United States and Canada from Maine south to Northern Florida and Eastern Texas.

Viburnum: How to Grow and Care with Success


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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum, Arrowwood
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viburnum opulus ‘Nanum’ (European Cranberrybush)
Viburnum odoratissimum (Sweet Viburnum)
Viburnum farreri (Farrer Viburnum)
Viburnum setigerum (Tea Viburnum)
Viburnum ‘Pragense’ (Prague Viburnum)
Viburnum macrocephalum (Chinese Snowball Viburnum)

Recommended Companion Plants

Hamamelis virginiana (Virginian Witch Hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel)
Ostrya virginiana (American Hop Hornbeam)
Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia Creeper)
Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)

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Native Plant Alternatives to Viburnum opulus (European Cranberrybush)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Adoxaceae
Genus Viburnum
Common names Viburnum, Arrowwood
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 72" - 120"
(180cm - 3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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