Botanical Name: Viburnum dentatum
Common Name: Arrowwood Viburnum  
Plant photo of: Viburnum dentatum
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color

Black, Blue


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Full, Half



Low, Medium


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Lot, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Butterflies, Wildlife

Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Arrowwood viburnum is a deciduous shrub, typically growing 5 to 9 feet and wide (though have seen some 10 to 12 feet tall), with an upright, dense, rounded, multi-stemmed habit. Leaves are a bright green, coarsely toothed, and prominently veined. Fall color is variable, depending on source, and ranges from yellow to red (select plants in the fall if the color matters). White flowers appear in clusters May to June, and are followed by fruits ripening to blue-black in late summer and are enjoyed by birds. A durable shrub useful for screens and hedges, and tolerant of the heat and air pollution typical of parking lots. Those with red fall color are lovely planted among larger ornamental grasses, creating a wonderful fall display. 'Chicago Lustre' and 'Autumn Jazz' are commonly available cultivars selected for good fall color.
Grow in well drained soil in full sun to part shade. Will tolerate a wide range of soil types, including clay soils and dry shade. A very adaptable plant and quite tough. Just don't shear it, but rather, prune selectively if necessary to control size (see guides).