Arrowwood, Southern Arrowwood, Roughish Arrowwood
Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'

Family: Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)
Species: dentatum (den-TAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Muffin
Additional cultivar information:(aka Christom, Dwarf Form, Compact)
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Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

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Cordele, Georgia

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Westmont, Illinois

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Rising Sun, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Malden, Massachusetts

Big Rapids, Michigan

East Tawas, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

East Islip, New York

Port Chester, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Garrettsville, Ohio

Sidney, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Saint Thomas, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Lewisville, Texas

Kaysville, Utah

Lexington, Virginia

Radford, Virginia

Ahtanum, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Walla Walla, Washington

Franklin, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 21, 2014, rustyduck from Morrisville, PA wrote:

Second year for the shrub. Planted in partial to bright shade area with average to dry conditions. About 10 feet from a small red maple. It's "OK." Not as dense as I had hoped and the blooms last about 15 minutes. Oh, and the ants/aphids love the blooms. I'm not endeared by the blue berries. If it doesn't WOW me this year and maybe next ... it's outa here!

Positive

On Apr 1, 2013, MrsSchmit from Richfield, MN wrote:

I moved Blue Muffin to my North side of house (gets a few hours of western late day sun) after it grew too large for original spot. It has done well there, and the blue berries look wonderful paired with large hosta plantaginea flowers in late summer/early fall. Looking to plant a better pollinator to increase berries.

Negative

On Feb 24, 2010, ltm512 from Walla Walla, OR wrote:

3 'Blue Muffins' have been in four years with plenty of sun. Plants are leggy, bloom extremely short lived, and berries virtually non-existent.
They will be taken out this spring.

Positive

On May 11, 2009, swmbo64 from Franklin, WI wrote:

Planted 2 last August in area that gets sun most of the day, in fairly heavy clay soil. Well drained to dry area. When I first planted them, even though watered regularly, the leaves drooped consistently. I was concerned they would not make it through the winter. Both have come back beautifully this Spring. Profuse blooms. Fruit is blueberry blue. Nice contrast with the deep green, ribbed foliage. All in all, very nice shrub.

Neutral

On Jan 16, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Blue Muffin arrowwood arrived to great fanfare in the ornamental shrub world, based mainly on a catchy trademark name and claims of compactness or dwarf character. It still has the catchy name, but the rest of the story is that (at least here in KY) it is not compact or dwarf and seems to be behaving like most other arrowwoods.

I believe it will be a good pollinating partner for other more ornamentally significant arrowwoods blooming at the same time.