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Viburnum dentatum

Phonetic Spelling
vih-BUR-num den-TAY-tum
Description

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. 

Fire Risk: This plant has a low flammability rating.

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. 

 

Cultivars:
  • 'Chicago Luster'
  • 'Moonglow'
Tags:
#butterflies#deciduous#songbirds#showy#low maintenance#hedge#low flammability#deer resistant#fire resistant
Cultivars:
  • 'Chicago Luster'
  • 'Moonglow'
Tags:
#butterflies#deciduous#songbirds#showy#low maintenance#hedge#low flammability#deer resistant#fire resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viburnum
    Species:
    dentatum
    Family:
    Adoxaceae
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    fire in the landscape.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Fire