Bracted Arrowwood (Viburnum bracteatum) in the Viburnums Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6 to 10 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 10 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious
Conservation status: Endangered (EN)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Endangered
photo credit: Mason Brock

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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 4, 2019 11:01 AM

This Bracted or Limestone Viburnum is native to northeast Alabama, northwest Georgia, & southeast Tennessee in the USA growing in open woods, along rivers, and up upon limestone bluffs & ledges. It is very similar to the much more common Smooth Arrowwood Viburnum (V. dentatum) that is also native to the South and to the Mid-Atlantic. This uncommon species differs in having glossier, thicker leaves and bracts on the flower cluster stems. There is a number of Arrowwood kinds of Viburnums that are so similar that I would classify them as slightly different varieties of the same species. Since this shrub grows on limestone areas, I would think it is adapted to growing in alkaline soil, despite the literature saying it likes acid soils. There is a cultivar of this species that was selected by Dr. Michael Dirr at the University of Georgia that can be bought at some larger, diverse, conventional nurseries called 'Emerald Luster,' that has good shiny, dark leaves and branches more towards the ground than the mother species. Arrowwood kinds of Viburnums tend to become leggy shrubs. Frankly, I like many leggy shrubs.

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