Chicago Lustre Viburnum

Viburnum dentatum 'Synnesvedt'

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Chicago Lustre Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum 'Synnesvedt') at Chalet Nursery

Viburnum dentatum 'Chicago Lustre' fruit

Viburnum dentatum 'Chicago Lustre' fruit

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Chicago Lustre Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum 'Synnesvedt') at Chalet Nursery

Viburnum dentatum 'Chicago Lustre'

Viburnum dentatum 'Chicago Lustre'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 8 feet

Spread: 8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: Arrowwood


A striking garden shrub with showy flat-topped clusters of creamy white flowers in spring followed by masses of bluish-black berries; lustrous leaves turn a good fall color, rugged and adaptable, ideal for the garden or as a natural hedge

Ornamental Features:

Chicago Lustre Viburnum is covered in stunning creamy white flat-top flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The serrated oval leaves turn an outstanding deep purple in the fall. The royal blue fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from early to late fall. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Chicago Lustre Viburnum is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Chicago Lustre Viburnum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Plant Characteristics:

Chicago Lustre Viburnum will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent Massing Screening Garden
Flowers Fruit Fall Color Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features
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