Hardy and reliable, arrowwood is a useful medium-sized to large deciduous shrub that is amenable to many growing conditions and soil types. This native of the eastern United States has straight upright stems, a rounded habit, and distinctive dark green, coarsely toothed leaves that turn shades of yellow, burgundy or purple-red in fall. In late spring to early summer, it bears flattened clusters of creamy white flowers. If another arrowwood cultivar is nearby, they are followed by blue-black berry-like fruits that attract birds.
Grow arrowwood in locations with full to part sun and average soil. It is durable and works well in informal hedges, screens, foundation plantings or natural areas. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Viburnum
Species - Dentatum
Common name - Southern arrowwood
Germination rate - 85%
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 4'-15' / 1.20 - 4.60 m
Spread - 4'-15' / 1.20 - 4.60 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Wildflower
Bloom season - Late Spring, Early Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / White
1. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours.
2. Sow seeds so they are just covered or nestled among soil particles in a seed tray. Use a peat-based potting mix that drains well and remains moist. Or, incorporate sand into the peat mix to create a moist, well-draining, fine-particle soil.
3. Place the seedling tray in a brightly lit (not baking in direct sun) garden location, greenhouse or indoor room where the temperature hovers around 68F (+20C) for a period of three months. Keep the soil moist, but never wet/soggy. This is a "warm season stratification".
4. Relocate the seedling tray to the cold frame outdoors (or a refrigerator) where the temperature hovers around +1-+3C for three to five months. Keep the soil barely moist.
5. Remove from the cold stratification area and again place the seedling tray into a warm, bright location where the temperature is around +18-+20C degrees. Keep the tray exposed to this warm environment for three to six months. Look for any germinating seeds. If none is seen, repeat the process again.
Info source: eHow.com
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