- Latin Name- Viburnum Dentatum Hardy Planting Zone- 3-8 Mature Height- 6-15 ft Width- 6-5 ft Sun or Shade- Full Sun
Arrow-wood viburnum - Viburnum dentatum
A native of the northeastern quarter of the U.S. and into southern Canada, this member of the honeysuckle family is known as arrow-wood because the indigenous tribes of these areas used the sturdy, straight stems as shafts for their arrows. Today, this mounded shrub is much prized for its value as a landscape showpiece and is grown throughout North America. Arrow-wood viburnum produces copious clusters of creamy white blossoms, which mature over the summer into large, blue-black berries in the Spring. These traits make it an excellent planting to attract wildlife, especially birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and small mammals like squirrels and chipmunks. In the fall, the saw-toothed leaves turn vibrant shades of yellow, red, or purple, adding late-season interest to the landscaping.
Though arrow-wood viburnum can tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions, care should be given to selecting its location as it can potentially grow quite large. It is also a reasonably fast-growing variety, adding up to two feet in height and diameter per year. It can also adapt to a wide range of soil conditions from sand to clay and acidic to alkaline. For best results, however, plant arrow-wood viburnum in loamy soil with a neutral or slightly acidic pH and water regularly until established. These shrubs require relatively little maintenance, especially if a simple, mounded shape is desired. To create a more compact form, prune the bush back in the spring or early summer after it has blossomed. When plants are mature, maintain them by cutting back weak or winter-damaged stems early each spring, before new growth appears.