Native Plants to Attract Birds in Maryland: Viburnum dentatum – Arrowwood

Jan 11, 2024 | Blog, Native Plant Spotlight

Maryland Native Plants for Birds

Viburnum dentatum – Arrowwood

viburnum dentatum info card

Viburnum dentatum, also called arrowwood viburnum, is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist loams, but tolerates a wide range of soils. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Β arrowwood viburnum, is an upright, rounded, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub which typically matures to 6-10′ tall with a similar spread, but may reach a height of 15′ in optimum growing conditions.

Non-fragrant white flowers in flat-topped corymbs (to 4″ diameter) appear in late spring. Flowers give way to blue-black, berry-like drupes which are quite attractive to birds and wildlife. Ovate, toothed, glossy dark green leaves (to 4″ long). Variable fall color ranges from drab yellow to attractive shades of orange and red. Arrowwood viburnum is a host plant for 104 species of lepidoptera, including 2 specialist moth species: the brown scoopwing and marveled wave moths, as well as the hummingbird and snowberry clearwing moths.

Common Name: arrowwood viburnum
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Adoxaceae
Height: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Spread: 6.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Fruit: Showy
Tolerate: Clay Soil, Black Walnut
(Information from Missouri Botanical Garden)
Viburnum dentatum berries

Viburnum dentatum berries

Viburnum dentatum flowers

Viburnum dentatum flowers

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