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Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum dentatum
Arrowwood Viburnum flowers

Size: medium

Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8 
Mature Height: 6-12 Feet
Mature Width: 6-12 Feet
Features: Creamy white flowers in broad, flat clusters (slightly unpleasant fragrance) in late spring; small, dark blue fruits in flat clusters in late summer (slightly showy); summer foliage is crisp and dark green; autum color is red, but varies in intensity.
Culture: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil is best, but can tolerate wet sites and some dryness as well; prefers a slightly acid soil.
  • 'Christom' (Blue Muffin™)- 5 to 7 feet tall, bright blue fruit, mild purple autumn color
  • 'Morton' (Northern Burgundy®)- 10 to 12 feet tall, burgundy autumn color
  • 'Ralph Senior' (Autumn Jazz™)- 10-12 feet tall, good orange-red autumn color
  • 'Synnestvedt' (Chicago Lustre®)- Glossy, deep green summer leaves; autumn color is yellow
Mature Form: Rounded, but sometimes takes on an upright appearance due to long, upright stems and suckers.
Native To: United States
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Soil condition: WetWet
Alkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Tolerance: SaltSalt
Soil Compaction
Tolerance: Wet SitesWet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Use for: Border.Border
Use for: Hedge.Hedge
Use for: Naturalizing.Naturalizing
Use for: Screen.Screen
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Foliage Color: Orange
Additional Notes: Viburnums tend to be multi-season plants with ornamental value throughout a large part of the season.

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