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Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'

Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'
arrowwood viburnum
Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'
Serrations are even more pronounced on the new leaves, which also have a healthy gleam

Common name arrowwood viburnum
Family adoxaceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers white (May-June)
Size 5-7'
Light sun-part shade

Purchased by mail-order as a tiny shrub, this plant had the misfortunate of being overshadowed by neighboring shrubs and a large hawthorn tree for most of its life. Finally, ten years later, the hawthorn came down, and Blue Muffin is finally coming into its own. It had always flowered a bit, but failed to produce its signature blue berries when it was shaded out. The photo at top right shows the first modest berry production in the year the shade was lifted – not great, but promising better shows in future years. Fall color is pretty nice as well.

arrowwood viburnum
Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'
This specimen is the plain species (I believe). It has been growing in our front yard for a few years, and has finally reached flowering age.

arrowwood viburnum
Hardly any fruit set in early years, resulting in funny-looking single-berry "clusters".
Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'
'Blue Muffin' fall coloration (late October)

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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