Family: Caprifoliaceae

Scientific Name: Viburnum dentatum

Common Name: Arrowwood Viburnum


Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) is a medium to tall, medium spreading shrub growing best in full sun but will tolerate some shade.

Plant TypeShrubs Deciduous, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone2-8
Sunlightfull sun, mostly sunny, tolerates shade
Moistureaverage to moist
Soil & Siteaverage
Flowerswhite(flat topped cymes), late May to early June.
Fruitblue to black colored fruit (drupes), The shrubs in my yard produce lots of fruit and it just seems to disappear. I am assuming that the birds remove the fruit.
Leavesdark green, have a sheen., all color is very unpredictable, I have seen it range from poor yellow and reds to vivid yellows and red, there are many cultivars with predictable fall color
Stemsforms a clump suckering from the base with stems that are straight like arrows
DimensionsA large shrub that can get 6-8 feet tall by 5-6 foot spread. (Some references give this plant a spread of 10-15 by equal in height). Can be spaced 5-6 feet on center. Best used in corner plantings or plantings away from the foundation of the house.
Misc FactsAKA: Roughish and Downy Arrowwoods
Author's NotesI have had a planting of 6 on a hill for over 20 years. They are about +8 by +8 feet. I stop using the species Arrowwood many years ago. Now there are many cultivars with better foliage color, fruit, size, etc.
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #106-Viburnums (Michael Dirr)
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