12 March 2014

Downy Arrowwood Viburnum is Viburnum rafinesquianum - Pollinators

Shrubs feed pollinators, too!

Downy Arrowwood Viburnum or Viburnum rafinesquianum is a native shrub with pollen-loaded flowers in May - June. Not great to plant near the font or back door since the flowers bring bees, long-horned beetles, flies,  mining bees and other bugs.

In the fall the leaves are red-wine and the berries are blue.
 
Downy arrowwood likes a bit of shade and the edge of woodlands where the soil remains well-drained.

If it is happy, it will sucker and give you a thicket of loose branches. Good for stabilizing hills.

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