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PlantFiles: Kentucky Viburnum, Softleaf Arrowwood
Viburnum molle

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Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: molle (MAW-ley) (Info)

Synonym:Viburnum ozarkense

Category:
Shrubs

Height:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Smooth-Textured
Good Fall Color

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

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

Patent Information:
Non-patented

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

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 28, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Kentucky viburnum is a fine native plant in the viburnum clan which looks and acts a lot like the arrowwood viburnum (V. dentatum). The main difference is the dark papery exfoliating bark, exhibited on plants from a relatively young age. One might mistake it for a dead stem; don't!

This is not a common plant, but I'm quite interested in propagating and promoting it to diversify the types of plants used in the everyday garden. It is found in the woodland understory on limestone soils, and the photos I've posted illustrate some pretty spare growing environments. Kentucky viburnum seems to be pretty tough.

Regional...

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

Elburn, Illinois
Lisle, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin



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