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Fall foliage

Southern Arrowwood, Arrowwood Viburnum, Mealy-tree, Withe-rod, Withe-wood
Viburnum dentatum


In Texas southern arrowwood grows in open wooded areas in the Pineywoods in damp, sandy soil. The dense growth provides an excellent habitat for wildlife, and its persistent fruits are an important food source for birds and small mammals. With the cool temperatures of fall the dark olive-green leaves turn various shades of red and bugundy. This is a highly variable plant in height and width, leaf size and shape, growth habit, flowering and fall color. Consequently there are many named varieties of southern arrow-wood. It was introduced into cultivation in 1736. As with many viburnums, early spring growth can produce long, straight, very stout wood which was used by Native Americans to make arrows; hence the common name.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub
medium shrub
small tree

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: blue drupe

Height: 3 to 20 feet

Width: 2 to 12 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: acid

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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