Arrowwood Viburnum - Viburnum Dentatum
Viburnum dentatum is a deciduous shrub that is common to the eastern North American region and grows natively in wooded areas of Missouri along the Salt River. The viburnum dentatum blooms between May and June and produces showy, white flowers that measure about four inches. The shrubs should be pruned immediately after flowering as the plant sets its blooms for the following year at that time. After the flower bloom, a blue-black, berry-like fruit appears, which frequently attracts many birds, butterflies and other wildlife to its surroundings. Oval-shaped, dark green leaves with jagged edges turn a vibrant shade of colors from yellow to orange to red in the autumn. The leaf bases have shallow heart-shaped veins and the shiny, green surface are raised between them. They measure between two and four and a half inches long and are between one and four inches wide. Growing best in full sun or partial shade, this low-maintenance shrub requires medium watering and is an excellent choice for a homeowners' landscape. The viburnum dentatum tolerates clay soils as well as black walnut trees and is easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. As an upright, rounded shrub, the viburnum dentatum features many stems, which were thought to be used by Native Americans for arrow shafts. This may have contributed to the shrub's common name of arrowwood viburnum. This disease-resistant, insect-resistant shrub is extremely winter hardy and is a reliable choice homeowners. This vigorous plant would serve as an excellent shrub border or a tall hedge or screen, giving homeowners a natural privacy border.