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.
Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum
- Hardy Zones
- 3 - 8
- Part Sun to Sun
- Mature Size
- 60 - 84 Inches
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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.
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.
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.
- Cee GrantAnn ArborMichiganUnited States1 week 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.Sonia VoegtlinWest OssipeeNew HampshireUnited States2 years ago
Fast grower, good dense growth habit, excellent for hedge to hide our utility risers at the back of the yard.Scott NicholsWest ChicagoIllinoisUnited States3 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.Nancy and MikeHastings on HudsonNew YorkUnited States3 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.Maritza SerranoTIETONWashingtonUnited States3 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?Candice HarderEdmontonAlbertaCanada3 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.ChrisFrenchtownNew JerseyUnited States3 years ago
Sorry, but Chicago Lustre , which I grow, does not pollinate the earlier blooming Blue Muffin,---by almost a month. I grow them both. Both grown in the same conditions. There are other smaller dentatums developed in the same Chisum (sp) series - such as Little Joe, that bloom at the same time as Muffin. Until I obtained 'Compactum', 'Papoose', and 'Little Joe' - as friends for Blue Muffin, I had no berries.Paula SCoatesvillePennsylvaniaUnited States4 years ago
No berries! What a waste of garden space!lisa jay5 years ago
No bloom at all.Mona LarochelleQuebecCanada5 years ago