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Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum

  • Hardy Zones
    • 3 - 8
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 60 - 84 Inches
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum
Part Sun to Sun 60 - 84


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
Native to North America


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Garden Height: 
60 - 84 Inches
72 - 96 Inches
60 - 84 Inches
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Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
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Blooms On: 
Old Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
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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.

Blue Muffin® Viburnum dentatum 'Christom'
  • I've since become a native plant purist for the most part and avoid cultivars. Insects and birds are best adapted to native forms. I purchased three of these before becoming aware of plant stuff though in order to conceal the underside of our deck.

    Then I heard I won't get fruit unless there are other arrowoods around as these are all grafted from the same self-infertile plants. Great. My fault for not knowing that at the time of purchase. This is the kind of thing I'm aware of nowadays though. And last year after installing them, sure enough we had no berries. Blah, I bought this partially so it could have wildlife value.

    Then this year happened and all three are *loaded* with berries. Each of the three plants has 15-20 clusters of fruit which are visually striking and will provide food for birds this fall and winter.

    I'm not sure how it happened. I've been all through the woods near me and seen none growing wild. My best guess is that someone else around must have arrowoods. I'll be going to a native plant store just in case though to put a few along our woods to give a better shot at cross-pollination. Cool plant.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Chris DeRhodes
    United States
    12 weeks ago
  • I planted three ‘Blue Muffin’ viburnums four years ago because I wanted berries for birds, but they have never produced any berries. I planted them in front of a ‘Chicago Lustre’ viburnum because multiple sources said they would cross pollinate. The Blue Muffins always are finished flowering by the time the Chicago Lustre flowers, however. Thus, no cross-pollinator and no berries.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Tim Rice
    37 weeks ago
  • the tag on this plant does not state that you need another variety of V. dentatum (i.e.; autumn jazz, red feather, raspberry tart, etc.) to get the blue berries and that other variety must flower at the exact same time as the V. dentatum 'christom'. the tag actually says "blue fruit attracts birds" which is why i bought THREE of them! without the other cross-pollinating cultivar, you won't get any fruit! i am also pretty upset that there is information out there that says the flowers stink.. great.. i planted these shrubs outside two windows! so i bought THREE shrubs that are supposed to bear fruit, but will not without buying more shrubs that i was not aware of and the flowers stink... awesome plant.. NOT!! the tag also says 'native' and this species is actually not native in mn. thanks for the rip off..

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Kari J
    United States
    49 weeks ago
  • The fruit is Blue Muffin's big selling point but, as others have noted, it needs to be co-planted with a different dentatum variety that blooms at the same time. From all reports, dreamii and Chicago Lustre don't bloom at the same time. It's a pity that Proven Winners does not sell a good pollinator such as Little Joe. My Blue Muffin is a nice enough shrub, but the absence of berries makes it just another viburnum bush.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Cee Grant
    Ann Arbor
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Planted 2 of these Blue Muffin (Arrowwood Viburnums) in 2009.
    They have done ok through the years, but nothing spectacular.
    Now, there are dead leaves on both They look dead to me. The leaves are "brown and lacey-looking for lack of better
    description. My soil is acidic as I live where pines are plentiful.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Sonia Voegtlin
    West Ossipee
    New Hampshire
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Fast grower, good dense growth habit, excellent for hedge to hide our utility risers at the back of the yard.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Scott Nichols
    West Chicago
    United States
    5 years ago
  • We have one plant in the front of our home.....we love it!!!!! Just removed a ton of Bamboo in our backyard that was a great screen....thinking about buying lots of these plants to replace the bamboo.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Nancy and Mike
    Hastings on Hudson
    New York
    United States
    5 years ago
  • I'm looking for information about this plant (blue muffin) amount of water, best place for grow.and any other information. It is the first time that I have this plant.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Maritza Serrano
    United States
    5 years ago
  • The look of this plant is beautiful but the white flowers have a rather bad odor to them...they almost smell like manure which is not at all nice when it's right next to your deck where I planted it. Has anybody else noticed this?

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    Candice Harder
    5 years ago
  • I've only had this bush since mother's day, but deer ate all of the flowers right away. No blue berries for me, I suppose. The plant says deer resistant right on the tag.

    Satisfactory Average performance, met expectations but not outstanding.
    New Jersey
    United States
    5 years ago
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