Viburnum dentatum

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Southern Arrowwood


Plant Specifics

Size:6-8 (12) ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Blue
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms spring-early summer. Fruits ripen in late summer-fall. Life span about 50 yrs (Nelson).
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant. Screen plant or understory shrub.
Propagation:Seed and divisions.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Mildly acidic



Birds and other wildlife consume fruit. 


Larval host for the spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).

Both native and non-native viburnums (Viburnum spp.) attract a wide range of pollinators with strong scents that promise either a nectar or pollen reward. Scarab beetles of the genus Cetonia are particularly interesting viburnum pollinators, possessing branched hairs on their bodies that are similar to pollen-collecting hairs found on bees. These hairs ensure a better chance of cross-pollination for self-sterile viburnum species. Viburnums with long corolla tubes and sweet scents are most often pollinated by species belonging to the order Lepidoptera, while viburnums with shorter corolla tubes and muskier odors receive frequent visits from flies and small bees. This relationship corresponds to the size of the insect mouthparts. Most viburnums produce very little nectar despite the wide range of pollinators..  The primary reward, at least for bees, is not nectar but pollen (Arnold Arboretum).

Native Habitats:Mesic to dry-mesic woods. Areas of shallow to moderate inundation, along stream and river banks, swamps, swamp borders, fertile uplands, titi swamps, secondary woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Indigenous peoples used the suckers, which are long and straight as shafts for their arrows.