CHICAGO LUSTRE® arrowwood viburnum gets its name from the bright, shiny green mature foliage. It can grow to a mature size of 12' x 10’, blooms in late May-early June with white flower clusters and blue-black fruit in the fall. This cultivar is noted for producing fruit more abundantly than the species.
This shrub is a Chicagoland Grows® selection. Chicagoland Grows® is a plant introduction partnership of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum and the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois formed to promote plant cultivars that perform well in northern Illinois. This variety was derived from a seedling found at the Morton Arboretum and was introduced by Synnestvedt Nursery.
It is named arrowwood viburnum because Native Americans used the straight stems to make arrows. The arrowwood viburnum is one of the hardiest and easiest to grow of all viburnums for the garden.
Viburnums are a versatile genus of multi-stemmed shrubs that are well suited to the home landscape due to their range of sizes and cultural adaptability. Some viburnums are noted for their fragrant flowers; most bear small fruit that may add visual interest. Many viburnums have attractive fall color. There are over 100 different varieties of viburnum at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Screen/Hedge, Bedding or Border
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies