Downy arrowwood is a little known native viburnum that has ornamental characteristics similar to the more commonly planted southern arrowwood. May be difficult to find in local nurseries.
"This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research."
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Mixed border
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6
- Alkaline soil,
- Dry soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Size & Form
A bushy shrub reaching 5 to 6 feet high and wide
Can form dense colonies
Tree & Plant Care
Adaptable to sun or shade
Well drained soil, but supplemental water in full sun conditions
Tolerant of heat and drought once established
Prune after flowering
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems
Native geographic location and habitat
Common in wooded areas
Bark color and texture
Young stems are smooth, reddish brown with a silvery-gray coating.
Older stems are reddish brown to gray brown with rust-colored lenticels
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite, 2 to 3 inch long and wide, ovate leaves with distinct teeth along irregular margins.
Dark green turning a purplish-red fall color
Short petioles are channeled with a pair of stipules at the base of the leaf.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Cream white flowers in flat-topped to slightly domed, 3-inch clusters
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Berry-like fruit (drupes) clusters ripen to bluish black.