Upright, rounded habit with multiple stems. White, flat-topped flower clusters are followed by dark blue berries. Dark-green foliage turns yellow to wine-red in fall. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Has some drought tolerance. Prune as needed immediately after flowering. Attracts birds, butterflies. Special value to native bees and supports beneficial insects.
Regarding berry set, most native viburnums are self-incompatible and typically require cross-pollination for good fruit production. Two genetically different plants of the same species should be planted in reasonable proximity. Those genetically different plants must be in bloom at the same time so that insects can properly cross pollinate.
Our Viburnum dentatum have been grown from seed and are genetically diverse. So, if you want berries for the birds, two of our plants will be good for cross pollination!
This shrub grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24″ per year.
Height: 6-10 ft.
Spread: 6-10 ft.
Bloom time: May to June
Sun: full sun to part shade
Hedge, background for native plantings
According to Rutgers University, Viburnum dentatum are “rarely damaged by deer.”
photo credit: David J. Stang