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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Viburnum dentatum L.
USDA Symbol: VIDE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
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:
, WV Canada: NB
, ON Native Distribution: FL
to e. TX,
n., especially on the Coastal Plain to MA
& OH Native Habitat:
Stream banks; moist woods
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
Collect the fruit
as soon as it has turned a dark blue-black color. Store seeds with pulp on at 41 degrees. Seed Treatment:
If seeds must be stored, they will need a period of stratification. Commercially Avail:
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Mr. Smarty Plants says
October 21, 2009
Hi...Can you please identfy the tall, evergreen shrub with purple plum-colored foliage that I have noticed in winter locally?...Hope so, need he color! THX
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Delaware Nature Society
- Hockessin, DEMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MLE-33
Collected 2010-09-05 in Newton County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: TWC Staff