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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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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral rustyduck 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 MrsSchmit 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 ltm512 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 swmbo64 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 ViburnumValley 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.


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

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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