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!
Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum
- Part Sun to 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).
This handsome selection of the North American native arrowwood viburnum boasts neat foliage, white spring flowers, and, if a different selection is planted nearby, the namesake blue fruits in autumn. It's ideal as a hedge or specimen plant, and is very low maintenance. At present, there are no Proven Winners varieties that are suitable for pollinating Blue Muffin, so we recommend Chicago Lustre, which is a widely-available selection.
If you're looking for the perfect pairing of native arrowwood viburnum, we recommend All That Glitters and All That Glows viburnums, as they were specially selected as mutual pollinators - plus, they add in the bonus of extremely glossy foliage, which makes them even more attractive.
A note about deer resistance: viburnums are generally considered deer resistant in that they rarely cause significant damage to the whole plant. However, deer may eat the flowers, particularly on younger plants, which will also eliminate the possibility for fruit to form. Though Blue Muffin has many good qualities without fruit or flowers, if those are your primary reasons for growing this plant and you contend with deer, you should plan to protect it with netting or a repellent.Produces BerriesFall InterestAttracts:BirdsButterfliesResists:DeerNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:60 - 84 InchesSpacing:72 - 96 InchesSpread:60 - 84 InchesFlower Colors:WhiteFlower Shade:WhiteFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:Old WoodBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8bWater Category:AverageUses:LandscapeUses 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 a different variety of Viburnum dentatum; we recommend Chicago Lustre.Maintenance Notes:
Fruit production is increased by having another cultivar of arrowwood near by to cross pollinate the flowers. Chicago Lustre (available in garden centers) or local native stands of arrowwood can serve as pollinators. Prefers well drained soil but adapts well to a variety of soils. Withstands high pH, heavy soils and changes in climate.
Blooms on old wood, however, pruning is best avoided, as if it is done after flowering, fruit will not form.Blue Muffin® Viburnum dentatum 'Christom'
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Mike, Pennsylvania, United States, 3 years ago
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, 3 years ago
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, 3 years 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.Tim Rice, 4 years 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.Cee Grant, Michigan, United States, 5 years ago
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, 8 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 Mike, New York, United States, 8 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 Serrano, Washington, United States, 8 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 Harder, Alberta, Canada, 8 years ago
Outstanding plant: flowers, berries, leaves, form, health.Lucy Mcgowen, Ohio, United States, 10 years ago