Common laurustinus, Tinus
Viburnum tinus is big, reliable shrub species from the Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa. It flowers from late winter to early spring with delicate pink buds opening to white/pale pink flowers. Flowers lead onto showy metal-like blue-black berry fruits, these are especially popular with smaller birds such as robins and finches. 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. 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!
Generally not harvested.
Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.
Attracts useful insects
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
A low maintenance plant that can be used as hedges & screens as well as in borders of informal cottage gardens or urban city/courtyard gardens.
Cream, Pink, White
Can also suffer from viburnum whitefly.