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Blue Muffin® Arrowwood Viburnum Viburnum dentatum

  • 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"
60 - 84"
60 - 84"
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    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 Berries
    Fall Interest
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Shrub Type: 
    Height Category: 
    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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    Maintenance Category: 
    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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    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 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'
  • 24 Reviews

    • I bought this at a garden center and didn't realize it needed a different variety of viburnum dentatum. All it mentioned on the tag was needing another viburnum to cross pollinate. For those of us who do not understand pollination the tags should be VERY clear that you need an entirely different plant to cross pollinate not just multiple Blue Muffins. I'm very disappointed. I bought 4 of these shrubs and can't find another dentatum for sale in my area.

      Marie Raley
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 45 weeks ago
    • 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
      , 1 year 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!

      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year 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!

      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 1 year 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
      , 2 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
      , 2 years 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..

      Kari J
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 2 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
      , 3 years 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 Voegtlin
      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 6 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
      , 7 years ago
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