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Arrowwood Viburnum

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  3-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  6-12' Height and 6-12' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average to wet soils

Plant Characteristics

Arrowwood Viburnum

Viburnum dentatum

The Arrowwood Viburnum is a very versatile shrub that will grow in a variety of soil types and mositure levels. This ornamental shrub produces shiny green leaves that turn a deep reddish-purple color in the fall. Adorned with 2-4" creamy white clusters of flowers in May and early June, this shrub also produces a blue colored berry in the fall that a wide variety of birds and wildlife love. While the Arrowwood Viburnum will grow in your upland areas, it will also do well on the wetter spots of your land. A great addition to your property by any measure!  

If you intend to prune this shrub, prune it shortly after it flowers as it develops the flower buds for next season during the summer.

The Arrowwood Viburnum is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. This ornamental shrub has a nice shape, beautiful flowers, berries that wildlife flock to and great fall color. What's not to love?

Fun Fact: The Arrowwood Viburnum gets its name from the Native Americans who once used its strong basal stems to form the shafts of their arrows.

Common uses for the Ninebark include:

  • Naturalizing upland areas or former fields
  • Planting along the edges of woodlands and in wetland areas
  • Erosion control along streams, creeks and rivers
  • Lower story of a windbreak
  • Attracts many types of wildlife who consume its blue colored berries
  • Provides shelter and nesting sites for birds and small animals

In the spring, the flowers on the Arrowwood Viburnum attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. In fact, this shrub is one of the few hosting plants for the beautiful blue Spring Azure Butterfly and the Hummingbird Moth. 

The dense habit of the Arrowwood Viburnum provides excellent nesting sites for birds and important cover for both birds and small mammals. The berries produced by the Arrowwood Viburnum are eaten by songbirds such as cardinals and thrushes and game birds like grouse and wild turkeys. Deer, rabbits and mice eat the berries as well. Beavers have been known to browse on the leaves of the Arrowwood Viburnum. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you need the Arrowwood Viburnum in your mix.