CPC Plant Profile: Southern Arrow-wood
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Southern Arrow-wood (Viburnum dentatum var. venosum)

  • Global Rank: T4 - Apparently Secure
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Adoxaceae
  • State: RI, DE, GA, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA

The southern arrowwood is a native shrub that grows from 3 to 9 feet tall. Its leaves are deciduous, opposite, simple, and oval-shaped with coarsely but regularly toothed margins. These shiny green leaves turn yellow to reddish-purple in the late fall. Flowers bloom in May and early June, and are small and white, occurring in 2 to 4-inch flat-topped clusters. From August to November bluish-black berries can be found on the tree. These berries are attractive to wildlife. Because of these qualities, the species Viburnum dentatum is widely-used horticulturally in the central and eastern United States. (USDA 2002a)

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Taxon Viburnum dentatum var. venosum
Authority (Britton) Gleason
Family Adoxaceae
CPC Number 8516
ITIS 530806
Common Names Southern arrowwood
Associated Scientific Names Viburnum dentatum var. venosum | Viburnum venosum | Viburnum scabrellum var. venosum
Distribution According to Kartesz (1999): Delaware (Present) Massachusetts (Present) Maryland (Present) New Jersey (Rare) New York (Rare) Ohio (Present) Pennsylvania (Present) Rhode Island (Present
State Rank
State State Rank
Delaware SNR
Georgia SNR
Massachusetts S4
Maryland SNR
New Jersey S2
New York S2
Ohio SNR
Pennsylvania SNR
Rhode Island SNR

Found in open woods and wood margins and along stream banks, preferring loamy soil with ample moisture. (USDA 2002a; Kartesz 1999)

Ecological Relationships

The fruit of this taxon is attractive to wildlife. (USDA 2002a) This species has potential disease problems when used horticulturally, and possibly in its native habitat (USDA 2002a).


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