10 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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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.
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
Flowers appear in late winter/early spring.
Attracts useful insects
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.
Larger Shrubs for Gardens
For larger gardens, these flowering shrubs are perfect additions to provide habitat and food for pollinators.