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Southern Arrowwood Viburnum dentatum


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Southern Arrowwood
credit: Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society/James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service/CCSA

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Family: Caprifoliaceae, Honeysuckle view all from this family

Description Viburnum dentatum — southern arrowwood or arrowwood viburnum or roughish arrowwood — is a small shrub, native to the Eastern United States and Canada from Maine south to Northern Florida and Eastern Texas.

Like most Viburnum, it has opposite, simple leaves and fruit in berry-like drupes. Foliage turns yellow to red in late fall. Localized variations of the species are common over its entire geographic range. Common differences include leaf size and shape and placement of pubescence on leaf undersides and petioles.

Viburnum dentatum dentatum
Viburnum dentatum lucidum - smooth arrowwood

Habitat Grasslands & prairies, Fields.

Range Great Lakes, Plains, Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Texas, Southeast, New England.

Comments Flood, insect and disease tolerant. Suckers freely from base and transplants well. Most soil-adaptable of the viburnums. Pest free.

Exposure Preference Sun to partial shade.

Flower May - July

Native Distribution Florida to e. Texas, n., especially on the Coastal Plain to Massachusetts & Ohio

Site Preference Stream banks; moist woods

Soil Preference Dry to wet, acid soils and sands. pH 5.1-6.5

Wildlife Value Gamebirds, songbirds and small mammals