Arrowwood Viburnum



Botanical Name:  Viburnum dentatum

Common Name:  Arrowwood Viburnum, Southern Arrowwood, Mealy-tree, Withe-rod, Withe-wood

Description:  One more of the beautiful Florida native viburnums that need to be grown more in our gardens. The dense growth provides an excellent habitat for wildlife, and its persistent fruits are an important food source for birds and small mammals. With the cool temperatures of fall the deciduous, dark olive-green leaves turn various shades of red and burgundy before dropping. Can be grown as a shrub or limbed up as a small tree. Likes sun, part sun, or part shade areas of your garden. Grows 6-10′ tall and wide with multiple, erect-arching stems in a loose, round habit. White, flat-topped flower clusters, 2-4″ wide, bloom May through July and are followed by dark blue berries. Its native habitat is mesic to dry-mesic woods. Areas of shallow to moderate inundation, along stream and river banks, swamps, swamp borders, fertile uplands, titi swamps, secondary woods, so it does well in rain gardens, damp areas but also adapts to regular gardening environments. Is flood tolerant and disease resistant.

Host plant for the Spring Azure butterfly. Attracts Eastern Bluebird, Northern Flicker, Gray Catbird, and American Robin. Has special value to native bees, bumblebees, and attracts pollinators for your Integrated Pest Management.

Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water. Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray.

This plant in 3-gallon containers is 2-4′ tall, not including the container.

Plant Lore:  As with many viburnums, early spring growth can produce long, straight, very stout wood which was used by Native Americans to make arrows; hence the common name.

Hardiness Zone 5 – 9


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