- Common Name(s):
- Arrowwood viburnum, Southern arrowwood
- Moonglow , Chicago Luster
- Native Plants, Shrubs
Viburnum dentatum, commonly called arrowwood viburnum, is an upright, rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub which typically matures to 6-10' tall with a similar spread, but may reach a height of 15' in optimum growing conditions. Its bark is gray to grayish brown with fine scales.
Native Americans reportedly used the straight stems of this species for arrow shafts, hence the common name.
This plant spreads by suckers to form colonies.
Regions: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal plains
Seasons of Interest:
Leaf: Blooms: Early spring, spring Nut/Fruit/Seed: Late summer, fall
Wildlife Value: This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer. It is a potential host for the Spring Azure butterfly. Its fruits are eaten by songbirds, grouse, wild turkeys and squirrels. Its twigs and leaves are browsed by white-tailed deer.
- 6-10 ft.
- The Arrowwood has ovate, toothed, glossy dark green leaves (to 4" long). They are opposite, simple, lustrous dark green leaves with coarsely serrated margins Variable fall color ranges from drab yellow to attractive shades of orange and red.
- The Arrowwood has non-fragrant creamy white flowers in flat-topped corymbs (to 4" diameter) that appear in late spring. The flowers give way to blue-black, berry-like drupes which are quite attractive to birds and wildlife.
- 2 to 8
- The Arrowwood is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It prefers moist loams, but tolerates a wide range of soils. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
- Multi-stemmed, dense rounded shrub; spreading, arching branches
- Sun to partial shade; moist to dry soil
- Blue to black berries in late summer and fall
- 6-10 ft.
NCCES plant id: 570