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Viburnum dentatum 'Moonglow' - Southern Arrowwood from Quackin Grass Nursery

Viburnum dentatum 'Moonglow' - Southern Arrowwood from Quackin Grass Nursery

Viburnum dentatum 'Moonglow'

Southern Arrowwood

Plant Type:

DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

Viburnum dentatum 'Moonglow' (also found as 'Moonglo') - A handsome, rounded habit on a smaller Arrowwood Viburnum, aka Southern Arrowwood. White flowers in May and possibly to late June are atypically domed - not flattened, each a full moon. It's lovely. Profuse extended stamens turn reddish to red-brown seasoning the white as they age. Fruits are larger than normal maturing dark blue in late August to early September. Leaves are very glossy and are broader and less serrated than found typically. The extraordinary autumn color emerges checkered (Gary Ladman describes it as "Indian corn" - nicely put!) in green, gold and red-maroon tones subtending the dark blueberry-colored fruit clusters making for a harvest cornucopia. All the Viburnum are beneficial to birds, bees and butterflies with a host of other insects joining in on the pollination efforts. Plant in fertile, well-drained soils with a part to full sun exposure. Drought tolerance. Deer resistance. The only characteristic missing is fragrance... people - we can't have everything! This is a selection of garden origin. The species occurs from Maine to Iowa, south to Texas, east to the Atlantic though appears to be curiously absent from Vermont and New Hampshire... it this true? The common name, Arrowwood, is derived from the fact that this species was used by some Amerindian tribes for arrow shafts as the stems tend to be perfectly straight. It is the serrations in this species generally that inspires the botanical Latin name "dentatum", the "dent" referring to teeth. Established potted shrub from cutting.


Height:

5-6 Feet

Spread:

5-6 Feet

Colors:

White

Zone:

(3)4 to 8
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Characteristics and Attributes for Viburnum dentatum 'Moonglow'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
  • Autumn Leaf Color

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Deer Resistant
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds

Light

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant

Attributes

  • Natural Garden
  • Specimen
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Shrub Border
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast

Soil

  • Draining
  • Fertile

Origins

  • Garden Origin

Genus Overview: Viburnum

Common Name: Viburnum

Viburnum. This genus is full of fantastic, multi-season garden worthy shrubs. Garden heroes. Spring flowers, often large and showy, many with heady sweet fragrance are arranged in cymes. Some smell of musk (Viburnum dilatatum) while others produce no fragrance at all. Flowers are followed with berries. If late season and autumn berries are desired then planting two of a species will ensure fruit set; for instance, Viburnum dilatatum 'Erie' and V. dilatatum 'Michael Dodge' will pollinate each other and produce fruit. Viburnum cassinoides is closely allied with V. nudum; but if the flowering times do not overlap then there will be no fruit. However, if you plant V. nudum 'Winterthur' in proximity with V. nudum var. angustifolium, 'Longwood', 'Moonshine' or 'Pink Beauty' berries will abound. Another interesting example is V. lantana which crosses with V. burejaeticum and vice versa. Any V. plicatum selection such as 'Shasta' will pollinate with all other V. plicatum selections. But if you were to plant two 'Shasta' side by side with no other V. plicatum in near proximity then your effort will be fruitless. As with almost all in the universe of plants there are exceptions. There is one viburnum which appears to be self-fruitful, Viburnum setigerum the Tea Viburnum. And on the other spectrum are two I can think of off-hand that are barren, Viburnum plicatum 'Roseum' and Viburnum plicatum 'Kern's Pink'. Oftentimes, the dwarf viburnums reamin in a juvenile state and do not produce fruit. All Viburnum of any size that do produce fruit are magnificent in the late season garden. And they feed all manner of birds. Larger, denser shrubs provide cover and nesting opportunities. Nearly all Viburnum have terrific autumn foliage colors, too. Viburnums are members of Caprifoliaceae. All prefer part to full sun and fertile soils. All are cutting grown. Many thanks to Gary Ladman of Classic Viburnums who generously set us straight regarding some of the details we had originally incorrectly lauded... ya can't know everything!