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Arrowwood

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A striking garden shrub covered in showy flat-topped clusters of creamy white flowers in spring followed by bluish-black berries, attractive to birds; a dense, upright shrub, well-behaved, rugged and adaptable, ideal for the garden or as a natural hedge

Characteristics

Species:
dentatum
Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
8 feet
Genus:
Viburnum
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
cream
Flower Period:
in late spring
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Fall Color:
dark purple
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Arrowwood is smothered in stunning creamy white flat-top flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. The blue fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from early to late fall. It has forest green deciduous foliage. The serrated oval leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Arrowwood is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Arrowwood will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

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