A picture of a Laurustinus


Viburnum tinus

Also known as

Common Laurustinus, Tinus

Viburnum tinus by Retama (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Viburnum tinus A

Laurustinus Overview

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, its 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!

Common problems with Laurustinus

How to harvest Laurustinus

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Laurustinus


Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.

Special features of Laurustinus

Winter colour

Flowers appear in late winter/early spring.

Attracts birds

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Hedge plant

Other uses of Laurustinus

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.


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