Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist, wet
Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, average, loam, sand
Bloom Time: May, June, July
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: attracts birds, attracts butterflies, berries, bog plant, fall interest, salt-spray tolerant, semi-deciduous, showy fruit, stream margin plant, wetland plant
Pricing & Availability
Viburnum dentatumAlso known as:
Viburnum dentatum is an attractive deciduous shrub with arching stems that give it a round form. It can grow up to 12' in height and be of equal diameter. The ovate leaves are dark green and coarsely toothed. They turn shades of orange to deep red and burgundy in fall. Shrubs produce flat-topped, white flower clusters in late spring. In fall, these give way to showy, blue-black, berry-like drupes.
Southern arrowwood is an adaptable shrub. A wetland native, it also does very well in dry conditions. It will withstand seasonal flooding and occasional exposure to salt spray and brackish water. For best form and flower production, plant in rich, moist, well drained and slightly acidic soil in full sun. Can be used in mass plantings to create a screen or hedge, as a background for perennials, or as a specimen. Should pruning be required, this should be done immediately after flowering because the following season's flower buds are produced in summer. Bloom times are between May and July. Zones 5-8
Propagate from seed. Stored seeds will require a period of cold stratification. Can be propagate from cuttings. Plants will often produce suckers which are easily transplanted.
Southern arrowwood does not owe its common name to the shape of its leaves, though they can be arrow-like, but to its stems which were used to make arrow shafts. Fruit are an important food source for birds and small mammals.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: NY
|Species||Viburnum dentatum||southern arrowwood|