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Sale yellow leaf downy arrowwood viburnum

Viburnum rafinesquianum 'Louise's Sunbeam' (downy arrowwood)

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Deciduous shrub

If Vincent van Gogh gardened, I think he'd favor yellow shrubs. They do so much to lighten dark garden nooks and improve my mood.

This native shrub is a colorful variation on the typically green, native viburnum theme - use it in shady shrub borders and for naturalizing in woodlands.

The yellow new growth comes on strong and shows off through spring. When the heat of June-July arrives, it settles down to dark green, same as the straight species, then turns a beautiful burgundy in autumn.

To be honest, flowers are fragrant, but not in a good way - there's a stink when you dive your nose into a flower, so don't do that. 

Since this is Dirr's discovery, we're doing as he instructed in his Manual of Woody Landscape Plants and donating $1 of each plant sold will go to the Sweet Melissa Fund, supporting lung transplant patients at the University of North Carolina.

  • a plant for naturalizing in woodland settings
  • it's drought tolerant once established, which is especially important for the dry shade of a woodland setting
bird food, polinator plant, colorful new growth, colonizer
Common Name
Rafinesque viburnum, downy arrowwood viburnum, viburnum
Other Names
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Growth Rate
Flower Color
Showy Flower?
Flower Season
Leaf Colors
  • Spring: yellow
  • Summer: yellow, dark green
  • Fall: burgundy
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Native To
Eastern US
Soil Moisture Requirements
adaptable, average, dry
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
Light Requirements
sun, part shade, shade
To Make It Thrive
Found growing natively in alkaline soils, but adaptable to growing in neutral and acidic soils as well. While tolerant of full sun to full shade in northern areas, full sun is not the best situation for it in the Deep South. In our hot area of zone 8a, we grow ours in full shade.
Plant Patent
The leaves started out yellow, but they turned green. Is my plant broken?
It is not broken - turning green happens to some plants with colorful new growth, especially in climates with hot summers. The same thing happens in the Southeastern US to many Japanese maples that flush purple. Your plant is fine and healthy. You'll be able to enjoy that joyous yellow flush of color again next spring.

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