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