Viburnum dentatum Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum


Creamy white summer flowers are followed by blue fruit in late summer.

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Creamy white summer flowers are followed by blue fruit in late summer. Chicago Lustre is a good pollinator. May be trimmed after flowering (leave flowers for fall berries.) Native. Deer resistant. Fruit is good for birds but not humans.

Produces Berries
Fall Interest
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Resists: Deer
Native to North America


Duration: Shrub
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Height Category: Tall
Garden Height: 60 – 84 Inches
Spacing: 72 – 96 Inches
Spread: 60 – 84 Inches
Flower Colors: White
Flower Shade: White
Foliage Colors: Green
Foliage Shade: Green
Habit: Upright
Container Role: Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: Easy
Blooms On: Old Wood
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Hardiness Zones: 3a3b4a4b5a5b6a6b7a7b8a8b
Water Category: Average
Uses: Landscape
Uses Notes: Makes a great hedge or foundation planting, excellent for residential landscapes. Also good in groupings, masses, and as a filler in the shrub border, good as a screen and for use in parking lots.

PLEASE NOTE: To produce berries, you’ll need another V. dentatum

Maintenance Notes:

Fruit production is increased by having another cultivar of Arrowwood near by to cross pollinate the flowers. Chicago Lustre is a good pollinator. Local native stands of Arrowwood will also act as a cross pollinator. Prefers well drained soil but adapts well to a variety of soils. Withstands high pH, heavy soils and changes in climate. Possibly one of the most durable Viburnums for the East and Midwest. Pruning is best done immediately after flowering. Medium moisture. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for the recommended rate of application. Will sucker from the base of the plant.

Blue Muffin is a useful viburnum variety. More compact than other Arrowwood viburnum, it fits easily into the residential landscape. Easy to grow, with little or no maintenance required, Blue Muffin adapts to most locations with full sun to partial shade. Clean white flowers make for a crisp contrast with the glossy green leaves in early to mid-summer. The remarkably intense blue fruit that inspired the Blue Muffin name appear in late summer and fall. The fruit add interest to the fall landscape, and attract songbirds to the garden. Berries are not edible.

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