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Arrowwood Viburnum

Trade Gallon (3qt)
Item # 47819
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Viburnum dentatum

The wood of this beautiful native shrub once provided the shafts of arrows for Native Americans.
The multi-season magnificence of this native shrub is difficult to describe adequately. It is not a drop-dead showy plant, until you realize you have been gazing at it every week for a year without becoming bored. It is not a stellar presence, until you realize you've been growing it for 3 years without having to do a speck of maintenance. It's simply the perfect shrub for a bird-friendly garden, the kind that doesn't mind poor soil drainage, too much shade or sun, long stretches of drought, and other environmental stresses. We highly recommend it as the easiest and among the most beautiful Viburnum species for American gardens.

Arrowwood Viburnum changes habit as it matures. It begins life as an upright shrub, multi-stemmed and tending to sucker from the base. ( You can mow these suckers once a year or just count your blessings.) Then, as it gains height, it begins to spread, a lovely effect you'll enjoy. And finally, in maturity, the tips of the long branches begin to arch, giving it a semi-weeping look that really adds character and distinction to the planting. We love all the looks . . . and we think you will too!

The blooms arise in early summer in most climates (earlier in the south and west), creamy-white and held in panicles 5 inches across. They are unbelievably profuse, calling to butterflies and bees. Expect them to last for many weeks, followed by ¼-inch round dark blue berries that remain well into winter. These berries are simply manna to the backyard birds, and once you grow one Arrowwood Viburnum, the reaction of the birds may cause you to begin digging holes for a couple more. They're that abundant!

Densely branched and clothed in 2- to 3-inch oval leaves with toothy edges and a leathery, somewhat rough texture, makes a lovely privacy screen, tall hedge, specimen, or perimeter planting. It reaches 10 to 12 feet high and wide after a decade's growth, and won't get much taller after that. Resistant to most all pests and diseases, it is the definition of "carefree," thriving even in poorly drained soils. In the wild it is most often found in high understory woodland settings,but it takes full sun almost everywhere too. Whether your soil is sand, loam, or clay, you will find it growing happily.

In addition to the blooms and berries, Arrowwood Viburnum offers fall foliage of reddish purple. This is not the blazing bright hues of the Japanese Maples, but it is handsome and long-lasting, adding another season of beauty to the display. And when the leaves of this deciduous shrub fall for winter, some berries still remain, along with a dense twiggy structure that you will enjoy in silhouette until spring arrives again.

We cannot overstate the merits of this American shrub. The Native Americans used its wood to fashion the shafts for their arrows, lending the shrub its common name. It has been around a long time in this land, and it knows how to make itself at home. You will treasure its ease of growth and changing beauty season after season. For best fruiting, plant at least 2 Viburnums together. Zones 3-8. Cannot ship to AZ.

Genus Viburnum
Species dentatum
Item Form Trade Gallon (3qt)
Zone 3 - 8
Bloom Season Early Summer
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 10 ft - 12 ft
Plant Width 10 ft - 12 ft
Additional Characteristics Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Flower, Free Bloomer
Bloom Color Cream, White
Foliage Color Dark Green, Purple, Red
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained, Wet
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor
Uses Border, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Privacy, Specimen
Restrictions Canada, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Arrowwood ViburnumViburnum dentatum Arrowwood Viburnum Shrub
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Really impressed
Nancy from MD wrote (November 14, 2011):
I bought this plant last spring to fill in a gap in our border where I had removed a pine tree. The space is also under an old tall maple. The ground is full of roots and slow draining to boot and there is only morning sun. I wasn't sure if anything would grow, but this plant is doing wonderfully! It has grown 8-10 inches already and is beginning to fill out nicely. The deer also seem to mostly leave it alone- they have sampled the top growth a couple of times but the plant recovered nicely. Fall color is a dull red-brown. Great plant for a tough spot!
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.


Choose a sunny location (some may tolerate light shade – see catalog for specifics of your species), where the soil is well-drained but deep, rich, and moisture- retentive. The Viburnums we offer are tolerant of drought and sea-spray.


Among the easiest of all shrubs to grow, the Viburnum needs little special attention; prune only as desired to shape. Please note, however, that they are highly intolerant of sulphur. Should a spray containing sulphur touch the foliage, severe defoliation may result.


Zones 3-9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.