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Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum

(23 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
84" 84"
Height
60 - 84"
Spread
60 - 84"

This plant is hardy in zones 3 - 8

Hardy Zones

Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.

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  • 8
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    Features

    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

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    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
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    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
    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.

    Blue Muffin® Viburnum dentatum 'Christom'
  • 23 Reviews

    • Planted 8 of these plants last fall as a hedge. The tag said they were deer resistant, they are not. So I sprayed them and the deer stayed away. But I continued to spray them, felt as they matured the deer might leave them alone. Now Spring has arrived and they are in full bloom and full of the viburnum beetle in the larvae stage. Two were completely defoliated. 4 partially. I cut the defoliated ones down to the ground, branches were still green, so I am hoping they survive. According the literature that I have been reading there is not much you can do other than cut the contaminated branches off, which I did with the others. I sprinkled Epsom salts around the plants, another recommendation. Now I am just hoping and praying they survive. I believe the pots the plants came in were contaminated with the eggs, as my neighbor purchase the same plants from another source and they are fine. Purchasing a different variety of viburnum that is beetle resistant was another recommendation. very disappointed in this plant.

      Carol Sturm
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      7 weeks ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • I planted two Blue Muffin in 3/4 day sun and average soil 7 years ago. They have grown to about 10’ tall by 6’ wide. They flower heavily every year and produce thousands of berries for the songbirds. I use Viburnum ‘Little Joe’ for cross-pollination. It blooms at the same time as Blue Muffin. I do have to spray deer repellant to keep the deer from nibbling. Great pollinator plant too!

      Mike
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      8 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I planted two Blue Muffin in 3/4 day sun and average soil 7 years ago. They have grown to about 10’ tall by 6’ wide. They flower heavily every year and produce thousands of berries for the songbirds. I use Viburnum ‘Little Joe’ for cross-pollination. It blooms at the same time as Blue Muffin. I do have to spray deer repellant to keep the deer from nibbling. Great pollinator plant too!

      Mike
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      8 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      Chris DeRhodes
      Ohio
      United States
      33 weeks ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Tim Rice
      1 year ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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..

      Kari J
      Minnesota
      United States
      1 year ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • 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.

      Cee Grant
      Michigan
      United States
      2 years ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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.

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

      Scott Nichols
      Illinois
      United States
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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.

      Nancy and Mike
      New York
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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