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Does Arrowwood Have Anything to Do With Arrows?

By November 9, 2012

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If you guessed that the common name for "arrowwood" viburnum shrubs has something to do with their use, traditionally, in the making of real arrows, you're correct. While you probably won't be using it for arrows any time soon, arrowwood viburnum can, nevertheless, help you hit the bull's-eye when it comes to achieving a top-flight display of fall color in your yard.

Arrowwood viburnums are flowering shrubs, bearing a white flower in spring. But these North American natives shine most brightly in autumn. Arrowwood viburnum not only bears an attractive fall foliage, but it also displays clusters of dark blue berries this time of year. The feature that recommends arrowwood viburnum most of all, however, may be its versatility, as I explain in this article.

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September 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm
(1) Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker" says:

Hi David-
I enjoyed reading your article on Viburnums. I’ve never planted dentatum, though I’m very fond of tinus- especially “Snowball” and “Spring Bouquet”

Your popular varieties are deciduous, while in the west coast, the evergreens prevail. Must be the climate differences.

Viburnum tinus looks great as a container plant and I’ve used it as a screening plant as well. Year-round interest.
Thumb’s up on this one.
Shirley Bovshow

September 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm
(2) landscaping says:

Hi Shirley,

Thanks for posting. Always good to hear the perspective “diagonally across” from me here in New England. That hot, dry climate you have in Southern California injects a twist into any plant discussion. “Viburnum” for me is almost synonymous with “fall foliage,” but that’s not the case everywhere….

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