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(Viburnum dentatum)
Southern Arrowwood

Host Plant: Spring Azure (Celastrina argiolus) and four moths,

Nectar Plant: many insects including other butterflies, bees, wasps, and beetles.

Flower Color: cream to white

Growth Habit: deciduous shrub

Flowering Time: March to June

Range in North America: South-central, mid-west, and eastern United States

Exposure: Prefers full sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 2-8

Soil Requirements: wet to moist soil, but can handle drier soil in a garden setting

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Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)

Whitish flowers of southern arrow-wood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) in a wooded setting.
Viburnum dentatum L. observed in United States of America by aberkov (licensed under CC BY 4.0)

Alternative Names

arrowwood, arrow-wood viburnum

Description of Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)

Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), a member of the Adoxaceae (Muskroot Family), is a deciduous shrub that grows from 5′ to 15′ tall and blooms in the spring and early summer (March to June).  This plant grows in places with full sun or partial shade that are often wet or moist.  It can handle drier conditions in a garden setting.

Hosted Species

Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) is favored by various moths, butterflies, bees, beetles, and birds.


This shrub grows in the understory of mixed deciduous forests.

Range of Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) in the United States and Canada

Range map of southern arrow-wood (Viburnum dentatum) in the United States and Canada.
Range map of southern arrow-wood (Viburnum dentatum var. dentatum) in the United States and Canada.

Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) is native to the south-central, mid-west, and eastern United States.  Note: There is another variety, venosum, that is native and rare in the northeastern United States.

Interesting Facts

The genus name, Viburnum, is the from the Latin word for way-faring tree (  The species name, dentatum, is Latin for the dentate teeth on the plant.

Native Location

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8


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