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Arrowwood Viburnum Is a Hearty Native Plant That Polinators Love

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Davis Sander of South Pleasantburg Nursery came to the show recently with a collection of viburnums. One in particular caught my eye as it has great value for wildlife, especially pollinators and birds. Viburnum dentatum, arrowwood viburnum, gets its common name according to Michael Dirr because the very strong root shoots, this plant can sucker and spread, were used for the shafts of arrows by native Americans. It’s an exceptionally hearty plant and can be used in difficult situations with harsh conditions – think parking lots. But in your landscape, a grouping of these plants, if you select named cultivars with improved fall coloring, can be a dramatic focal point. The flat clusters of white flowers appear creamy because of the very showy yellow stamens – a draw for numerous pollinators, followed by blue fruits. Plant several cultivars as they are not self-fertile. 

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.