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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
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Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum

Part Sun to Sun 60 - 84

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.

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

Characteristics

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: 
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.

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' NONE

  • 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
    1 year 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
    Illinois
    United States
    1 year 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
    1 year 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
    TIETON
    Washington
    United States
    2 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
    Edmonton
    Alberta
    Canada
    2 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.
    Chris
    Frenchtown
    New Jersey
    United States
    2 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.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Paula S
    Coatesville
    Pennsylvania
    United States
    2 years ago
  • No berries! What a waste of garden space!

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    lisa jay
    3 years ago
  • No bloom at all.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Mona Larochelle
    Quebec
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding plant: flowers, berries, leaves, form, health.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Lucy Mcgowen
    Ohio
    United States
    4 years ago
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2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
2010 Plant of Merit Missouri Botanic Garden
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