Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Viburnum dentatum L.
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
A 6-8 ft. shrub,
sometimes taller, with multiple, erect-arching stems in a loose, round habit. White, flat-topped flower clusters are followed by dark blue berries. Lustrous, dark-green foliage turns yellow to wine-red in fall. A shrub
with downy twigs, coarsely toothed
leaves, and flat-topped clusters of small, white flowers. Some botanists recognize two separate species for this highly variable plant, the other being northern Arrowwood (V. recognitum
) with smooth twigs.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Deciduous Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Elliptic
, Ovate Leaf Margin: Serrate Size Notes:
Many branced shrub
to 10 feet. Leaf:
Shiny dark green above, pale below. Autumn Foliage:
Flowers 2-4 inches across.
Black, Purple 1/3 inch long. Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
White Bloom Time:
May , Jun , Jul Bloom Notes:
AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , IA , KY , LA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MS , MO , NH , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC Canada: NB
, ON Native Distribution:
FL to e. TX, n., especially on the Coastal Plain to MA & OH Native Habitat:
Stream banks; moist woods USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Dry to wet, acid soils and sands.
Conditions Comments: Flood, insect and disease tolerant. Suckers freely from base and transplants well. Most soil-adaptable of the viburnums. Pest free.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Gamebirds, songbirds and small mammals. Attracts Eastern Bluebird, Northern Flicker, Gray Catbird, and American Robin.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Spring Azure
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: