Native Landscaping Plant To Know: Arrowwood Viburnum

container idea mile a minute trees and shrubs 001 225x300 Native Landscaping Plant To Know: Arrowwood ViburnumArrowwood Viburnum, is one of the plants on my “bullet-proof” list, that I recommend to everyone, no matter how green their thumb!  A native North American tree growing naturally from Canada to Texas, Arrowwood Viburnum can be used as either a landscaping tree, or a pruned hedge shrub.

What You’ll Love:

  • This is one very hardy plant, with pest and disease resistance.
  • It thrives in full sun exposure, partial sun, or total shade areas.
  • It can be planted in wet areas, or dry areas.

What It Gives Back To You And Your Yard:

  • Spring: The tree’s blooms are highly visible clusters of white flowers, that attract butterflies, and hummingbirds.
  • Summer: What were blooms in the spring, are now large clusters of blue berries, that feed birds, and look great in table arrangements.
  • Fall: The foliage darkens before it falls, in bright red, orange, and yellow color, adding beautiful color to your yard.

What It Does For The Environment:

  • Like all trees it helps remove carbon dioxide, and provide cleaner air.
  • Fulfills the growing need in developed areas to return beneficial native plants to naturalized, and backyard areas that have been disturbed by construction, and may be falling prey to invasive species.  (Exotic invasive species come from other countries, and often overtake native material, robbing local wildlife of suitable food sources, and habitat, and humans of recreation areas)
  • Provides a natural food source for everything from butterflies, and hummingbirds, to mammals.  This can lead to fewer animals hunting for food in your vegetable patch, or trash bin.
  • Provides an ecologically “greener” way to landscape, with what is consistant in, and suited for the conditions in North America.
  • Adds to the overall health, and beauty of your local ecosystem.

Your Thoughts: I’ve included a picture of my own Arrowwood Viburnum, which is doing really well this year, and is covered in berries.  Have you tried this plant and had success with it, or have you found your own favorite “bullet-proof” plant?  Let me know!