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Viburnum dentatum

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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

Height: 6'-12'

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

Flowers of Viburnum dentatum (southern arrowwood)
  • Flowers of Viburnum dentatum (southern arrowwood)
  • Berries of Viburnum dentatum (southern arrowwood)
  • Fall foliage of Viburnum dentatum (southern arrowwood)
  • Fall foliage of Viburnum dentatum (southern arrowwood)

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Description

Viburnum dentatum

Also known as:

southern arrowwood

,

roughish arrow-wood

,

arrowwood viburnum

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

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.

Additional Notes

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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Dipsacales
Family Caprifoliaceae Honeysuckle family
Genus Viburnum viburnum
Species Viburnum dentatum southern arrowwood