Downy arrowwood is a little known native viburnum that has ornamental characteristics similar to the more commonly planted southern arrowwood. It may be difficult to find in local nurseries.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Elderberry
- Family (botanic) Adoxaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Light exposure Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily), Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago)
- Soil preference Alkaline soil, Dry soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Dry sites
- Season of interest mid spring, late spring, early fall, mid fall
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Multi-stemmed, Oval, Round
- Growth rate Moderate