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Downy Arrowwood

Viburnum rafinesquianum

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: rafinesquianum (raf-in-ess-kwi-AN-um) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Lisle, Illinois

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Brainerd, Minnesota

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 4, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This is one of several Arrowwood Viburnum species that are listed as different species, (the Smooth, Downy, Kentucky, and Bracted), but I would list them as different natural varieties, as they are not very different from each other; hard to tell apart. The Southern or Smooth Arrowwood, V. dentatum, is the one that is commonly sold by conventional nurseries with a good number of cultivars. This Downy Arrowwood has rough hair under the leaf and some rough hair on the twigs. Its native range is MN, WI, IA, northern IL, MI, southeast Ontario, and areas and spots in NY, PA, NJ, IN, OH, along western New England, down the Appalachians, and around the Ozarks. It makes as good a landscape large shrub as the Smooth Arrowwood, being basically neat and clean with nice white flower clusters, purple-b... read more