Audubon® Arrowwood Viburnum
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A living birdfeeder! Arrowwood Viburnum is a birdfeeder you’ll never have to clean or refill. In late spring, this welcoming Accent produces flat clusters of creamy white flowers that attract native pollinators, such as green metallic bees, miner bees, and hoverflies. When their work is done, the bounty appears—navy blue berries that last until mid-fall (if the birds don’t strip them first). Bluebirds, robins, cardinals, grosbeaks, flycatchers, Cedar Waxwings, vireos, and mockingbirds are a few of the fruit’s biggest fans. The berries provide quality nutrition, too! One study found that they contain 48% fat, which for birds means high-energy sustenance.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, cardinals & grosbeaks, flycatchers, waxwing, vireos, and mockingbirds
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 2-8
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Arrowwood Viburnum is a wide-ranging native Accent that is present in most eastern states, from Maine to Florida and west to Iowa and Texas. It’s a variable species that grows in a variety of habitats, but everywhere it appears, it’s a blessing for birds. Besides the nutritious fruits, Arrowwood Viburnum offers birds protein-packed caterpillars in the form of moth larvae such as the green marvel, brown scoopwing, pink prominent, and horrid zale. (Look, too, for the dainty spring azure butterfly, which lays its eggs on the buds and flowers.) Arrowwood Viburnum’s dense growth also makes it appealing to thicket-dwelling birds as nesting habitat.
Arrowwood Viburnum’s fall color will be another feature you’ll look forward to seeing each year. The pretty, toothed green leaves start turning a rich burgundy-red in mid-fall, and the color lasts a long time.
How to Grow
Site Arrowwood Viburnum in full sun for the greatest flower and fruit production. It blooms less in part shade but will grow happily there as well. It prefers rich soil, though this adaptable plant will accept most well-drained sites without complaint. Provide water on a weekly basis and mulch with wood chips, bark, or pine straw to conserve moisture and moderate temperatures in the root zone. A destructive insect called the Viburnum leaf beetle has become a problem in some areas, and Arrowwood Viburnum is particularly vulnerable to it. It may be a good idea to check with your local extension service about the prevalence of the pest in your area before planting this species.
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