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PlantFiles: Arrowwood, Southern Arrowwood, Roughish Arrowwood
Viburnum dentatum

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: dentatum (den-TAY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Viburnum dentatum var. dentatum
Synonym:Viburnum dentatum var. lucidum
Synonym:Viburnum dentatum var. pubescens

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Jan 4, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a wonderful, reliable, clean plant that makes a great deciduous screen. Most get a good fall color. The drupes (berries) are loved by birds and are usually eaten in September-October; otherwise they survive through December.

Neutral stormyla On Nov 19, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant grows and flowers well. It also has a nice fall color. Overall, I don't find it an attractive enough plant for the space it uses in my garden, so I will replace it with another Viburnum, perhaps one with an attractive scent.

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 17, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I often planted it in my yard because it shrugs off shade. There are not many other shrub species available on the market that grows in shade. The problems associate with this species is that it tend to grow very long thin sticks that rarely branches so is not a effective screen bush and sometimes the branches collaspe close to the ground so need frequent trimming. Another problem, at least in my Zone 4 garden is its late fall color - often later than even the Norway Maple which changes colors about late October and I have seen it just turn a dry green when snow flies and then drop off. Downy Arrowwood changes its colors only in mid November and then held on it through parts of December. I don't think the name of Southern Arrowwood is accurate as there are no northern arrowwood species. I know most of the comments is negative but it does have fall colors - strongly reddish at the tip and a bright yellow the rest of the plant. Also grows fast while some other shade shrubs or small tree grows very slowly like Ironwood or is rare in the trade like Musclewood.

Positive ViburnumValley On Nov 25, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Arrowwood viburnum is certainly the easiest viburnum to grow, and very durable. There are copious named selections to choose from; tour the PlantFiles entries here and judge them for yourself.

This is quite a variable species: there are dwarfer forms, taller forms, early vs. late bloomers, an incredible array of fall colors, and the leaf characters make you think you have different plants sometimes.

None of this should dissuade the gardener from giving arrowwood a spot in their landscape. It is a prolific bloomer, and with a little cross-pollination, this plant will set heavily with lustrous blue fruit which (around here) mockingbirds and cardinals simply cannot resist.

Arrowwood is also very easy to propagate -- live stakes in winter and simple layering during the growing season gives new plants pretty quickly with no effort.

Neutral Copperbaron On Jan 27, 2002, Copperbaron from Vicksburg, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

This native, eastern US shrub is typically 5'-9' tall and wide, but native plants can be as tall as 15'. The overall shape is rounded with upright branching that eventually arches over at the tips. It suckers profusely from the base. The creamy white flowers bloom in late May to early June in 3" flattened clusters. The blue-black fruit is enjoyed by birds. The plants are easy to grow in full sun to partial shade and dry to fairly wet soil.

The shrub is useful for its extreme durability and can be used for borders, screens, naturalizing, mass plantings, and difficult sites. It can be propogated by seeds and cuttings.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Littleton, Colorado
Tampa, Florida
Aurora, Illinois
Hinsdale, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Frankfort, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Nicholasville, Kentucky
Paris, Kentucky
Versailles, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
Slaughter, Louisiana
Andover, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
O Fallon, Missouri
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Lufkin, Texas
New Caney, Texas
Silsbee, Texas
Kaysville, Utah

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