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Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Blaze'

Arrowwood

Flat-topped clusters of white flowers, 4" across, bloom in spring. The flowers are a good source of nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers give way to blue-black, berries, which are loved by birds and other wildlife. This upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub has glossy, dark green leaves. The leaves turn yellow, orange or red in fall. 'Blue Blaze' is a compact arrowwood growing half the size of the species with fruit that tends to stay on longer in the season.

Benefits

Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators
Larval food source for spring azure butterfly
Plants provide good nesting sites, berries, and cover for birds
Excellent fall color
Grows well in moist soil

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun or part shade. Plant in average to medium wet, well-drained soil. Very winter hardy, vigorous and reliable. If shaping is needed, prune immediately after flowering since flower buds form in summer for the following year.


Height
5-6 Feet

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Spread
5-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Swamps and thickets, upland and floodplain forests; Maine to Illinois south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Native Americans used the straight stems of this shrub for arrow shafts, hence the common name.


"This plant is a prime place for birds to feed and shelter in moist areas."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Wet Sun
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Border
Cut or dried flower
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
Alabama
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia