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.
More will be available this fall 2019. 🌱 Please check back or email us to be put on the wait list.
bird food, polinator plant, colorful new growth, colonizer
Rafinesque viburnum, downy arrowwood viburnum, viburnum
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
- Spring: yellow
- Summer: yellow, dark green
- Fall: burgundy
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Soil Moisture Requirements
adaptable, average, dry
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
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.