Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Arrowwood Viburnum

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Viburnum dentatum Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Viburnum
  • Related Cultivars:

    Viburnum dentatum 'Ralph Senior'

  • Zone: 3
  • Plant Size: 8-10'
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Vase
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Tolerates wet sites. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    White flower clusters in June give way to steel-blue fruit in late summer. The fall color is variable between plants ranging from yellow to burgundy to bright red. A very useful plant appropriate for shade, low areas, large screen plantings, or shrub boarders. Arrowwood viburnum's only real limitation in the landscape is its size, for the arching branches give a mature spread at least as wide as it is tall.

  • Pollination of viburnums:

    As are most viburnums, this species is self-sterile (cannot pollinate itself) and therefore requires another individual of the same species nearby for pollination and subsequent fruit display. Using clonal plants (cultivars) may be desirable where uniformity is important, but a planting of a single cultivar will bear few fruit.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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