No, we didn’t add a bakery to the nursery, but we do want to sing the praises of a certain shrub that sounds good enough to eat: Blue Muffin Viburnum.
Blue Muffin is a fabulous selection of arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) that boasts white spring flowers, glossy foliage, great fall color, and extremely cute blue fruit. It is a medium sized shrub, sizing up to 5 to 7 feet tall and wide that is easy to grow. Medium moisture and sun to part sun will keep Blue Muffin perfectly happy. Beautiful in masses and makes a nice hedge.
Blue Muffin is beautiful for the foliage alone, but if you want to ensure a good crop of that awesome fruit, be sure that there is another arrowwood viburnum nearby. We recommend Chicago Lustre, and native arrowwood viburnum would likely work just as well. The birds will thank you!
Blue Muffin flowers on old wood, so avoid trimming it late in the season. Trimming after flowering is ok, but will eliminate the chance for fall fruit. Basically, Blue Muffin is a low maintenance choice that shines best when left to its own devices. How perfect is that?
In areas with a lot of deer, you might have to protect the flowers from becoming a tasty treat. If deer do chomp the flowers, Blue Muffin won’t fruit that season but will still look great and put on excellent fall color.
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