SOUTHERN ARROWWOOD - VIBURNUM DENTATUM
Arrowwood Viburnum is attractive, but they are not for human consumption. However, bird lovers might want to consider adding this shrub to their property because the berries are an attraction to many different types of birds. According to the USDA, the it is best suited for climate zones three through eight. The shrub is easily controlled but to keep in the boundaries that you wish it to be in you will need to make sure that in the spring months that you trim it back how you want it. This shrub can grow as high as 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide so if space is an issue, prune it will help. However, this shrub is easy to work with and can adapt too many soil types and different ranges of sunlight. If you are a homeowner who has trouble getting plants to grow because your soil is too moist or not blessed with a lot of sunlight then, this is a perfect plant option. The Arrowwood Viburnum is a large, very dense shrub. It is multi stemmed and rounded. In the late spring, early summer it produces creamy white flowers. The summer leaves are dark green and glossy. Come fall they change from green to yellow to a lustrous red and finally to a reddish purple. After the leaves are reddish purple the berries begin to flourish. They are round, and a purple blue color. These berries are completely ripe by fall and provide a great meal for the birds. It can live in various soils but does best in soil that drains well. It must be planted in an area that receives full sun to partial shade. It has partial tolerance to dry sites, wet sites, salts and winds. It is a good border plant, and good when planted as a privacy barrier.