Common laurustinus, Tinus
Viburnum tinus is reliable shrub species from the Mediterranean. It flowers from late winter to early spring with delicate pink buds opening to white/pale pink flowers. Evergreen foliage can then provide a lovely backdrop for summer displays. Tolerant of most soil types, it's dense rounded crown can act as a hedge but it prefers sheltered positions. Lately tinctures made from the leaves have been used in herbal medicine as a remedy for depression. The plant contains tannins that can cause stomach upset but the fruit has been used as a purgative against constipation. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!