Kentucky Viburnum (Viburnum molle) in the Viburnums Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 8 to 12 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small bluish-black drupes, each containing one hard coated seed.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Other Beneficial Insects: Flies and Beetles
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

summer foliage

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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19summer foliage
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2015-06-19full-grown shrub in summer
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 26, 2017 11:23 AM

The Kentucky Viburnum or Softleaf Arrowwood is an uncommon plant that is found only in small localized populations on forested steep slopes, woodland edges and floodplains, often in limestone soils with its common companion of Blue Ash or American Linden, from Southeast Iowa down to eastern Oklahoma to northern Mississippi up to New York. It grows about 8 to 12 feet high and wide in landscapes and can get to 20 feet high in nature. It is very similar to Arrowwood Viburnum or Smooth Arrowwood (V. dentatum) except that its leaves are wider and it has exfoliating gray to brown bark that exposes a shiny brown inner bark. It bears creamy white cymes of 3.5 inch wide flowering clusters in early to mid-June and then bears elliptic purple-black fruit in fall, loved by birds. It develops an excellent autumn color from yellow-orange to red to red-purple. Possibility Place Nursery in northeast Illinois sells some.

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