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VIBURNUM dentatum (BLUE MUFFIN™)

Image of Viburnum dentatum 'Christom' (BLUE MUFFIN™)

Mark A. Miller

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

VIBURNUM dentatum 'Christom'(BLUE MUFFIN™)

Plant Common Name

Arrowwood Viburnum, Blue Muffin™ Viburnum, Southern Arrowwood

General Description

A compact selection of a hardy and reliable eastern North American shrub, Blue Muffin™ is useful in locations that won't accommodate a full-sized arrowwood. It is notable for its generous late spring display of flat white flower clusters that are followed in summer by conspicuous, shiny, round blue fruits favored by birds. Cross-pollination with another cultivar is required for heavy fruit set. A dense mounded deciduous shrub with straight upright stems, it has distinctive dark green, coarsely toothed leaves that turn shades of yellow, burgundy or purple-red in fall.

Grow this arrowwood in locations with full to part sun and average soil. It is durable and works well in informal hedges, foundation plantings, mixed borders or natural areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Dark Blue, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Slate Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes