Downy arrowwood viburnum has a low growing, rounded habit that can become somewhat scraggly. While its white flowers and blue black fruit are typical of the species, this variety has leaves of a thicker texture that are pubescent or hairy on the underside from which is derived its common name -- downy.
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.