Submitted by Betsy Washington, Northern Neck Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society
Viburnum dentatum, arrowwood or southern arrowwood Viburnum
The viburnums are a wonderful group of native landscape shrubs with multiple seasons of interest. Arrowwood, Viburnum dentatum, is a standout among them and is native to the Coastal Plain of Virginia—including all of the Northern Neck—where it is found in moist floodplain forests, wet flatwoods, seepage swamps and even tidal and alluvial swamps.
Despite its affinity for moist soils, it can also be found in dry upland woods. As we enter early fall, this Viburnum is a showstopper and brightens its surroundings with large clusters of 1/3-inch diameter fruit which…
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