Red Feather® Arrowwood Viburnum was selected in the early 1980’s by Mike Yanny due to its unique two-toned foliage in spring. The leaves emerge maroon and slowly turn to green as they expand. By midsummer, the leaves are a healthy green. In June, the plant is covered in white clusters of flowers that attract a number of insects and hungry birds. Like all viburnums (excluding the invasive European Cranberrybush), Red Feather® Arrowwood Viburnum is self-infertile and requires a second plant in order to set fruit.
One of Red Feather® Arrowwood Viburnum’s greatest ornamental characteristics is its consistent and long-lasting maroon fall color, even in Southeast Wisconsin. As Arrowwood Viburnum is a more southern species, this level of performance is not easily matched by other cultivars.
Arrowwood Viburnum earned its name through its straight stems used for arrow shafts.