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Viburnum dentatum - L.

Common Name Arrow Wood, Southern arrowwood, Southern Arrowwood Viburnum
Family Adoxaceae
USDA hardiness 2-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist soils[235].
Range Eastern N. America - New Brunswick to Ontario and New York, south to Georgia and Florida.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Viburnum dentatum Arrow Wood, Southern arrowwood, Southern Arrowwood Viburnum


Viburnum dentatum Arrow Wood, Southern arrowwood, Southern Arrowwood Viburnum

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Late spring. Form: Rounded, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Viburnum dentatum is a deciduous Shrub growing to 4.5 m (14ft 9in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. A pleasantly sweet flavour, but there is very little edible flesh surrounding a relatively large seed[K]. The fruit is up to 9.5mm in diameter[200].

Medicinal Uses



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Birthing aid;  Contraceptive.

A decoction of the twigs has been taken by women to prevent conception[257]. A poultice of the plant has been applied to the swollen legs of a woman after she has given birth[257]. Both of the above uses are for the sub-species V. dentatum lucidum. Ait.[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Massing, Screen, Seashore, Specimen, Woodland garden. An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils but is ill-adapted for poor soils and for dry situations[1]. It prefers a deep rich loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[11, 200]. Best if given shade from the early morning sun in spring[200]. Plants are self-incompatible and need to grow close to a genetically distinct plant in the same species in order to produce fruit and fertile seed[11, 200]. Special Features:Attracts birds, North American native, Attracts butterflies, Blooms are very showy.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Germination can be slow, sometimes taking more than 18 months. If the seed is harvested 'green' (when it has fully developed but before it has fully ripened) and sown immediately in a cold frame, it should germinate in the spring[80]. Stored seed will require 2 months warm then 3 months cold stratification and can still take 18 months to germinate[113]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame or greenhouse. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of soft-wood, early summer in a frame[200]. Pot up into individual pots once they start to root and plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8 cm long with a heel if possible, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Plant them into individual pots as soon as they start to root. These cuttings can be difficult to overwinter, it is best to keep them in a greenhouse or cold frame until the following spring before planting them out[113]. Cuttings of mature wood, winter in a frame. They should root in early spring - pot them up when large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if sufficient new growth is made, otherwise keep them in a cold frame for the next winter and then plant them out in the spring. Layering of current seasons growth in July/August. Takes 15 months[78].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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David Beaulieu   Tue Jan 10 2006

Arrow Wood Viburnum Shrubs Information for homeowners about growing arrow wood viburnum shrubs.

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