Smooth Arrowwood

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Common Name : arrowwood viburnum

Scientific Name : Viburnum dentatum

Zone : 2 to 8

Height : 6 to 10 feet

Width : 6 to 10 feet

Culture :

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prune immediately after flowering since flower buds form in summer for the following year.

Description :

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. Non-fragrant white flowers in flat-topped corymbs (to 4″ diameter) appear in late spring. Flowers give way to blue-black, berry-like drupes which are quite attractive to birds and wildlife. Ovate, toothed, glossy dark green leaves (to 4″ long). Variable fall color ranges from drab yellow to attractive shades of orange and red. Although widespread in eastern North America.  Native Americans reportedly used the straight stems of this shrub for arrow shafts, hence the common name.

Problem :

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses:

Not highly ornamental, but exceedingly winter hardy, vigorous and reliable. Shrub borders. Tall hedge or screen. Background for native plantings.