Laurustinus

Viburnum tinus

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Some Viburnum tinus flowers in a garden
profile iconViburnum tinus
by Retama (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
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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, 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!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.

Special features

Winter colour

Flowers appear in late winter/early spring.

Attracts birds

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes

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.

Personality

Family

Adoxaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Cream, White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Can also suffer from viburnum whitefly.
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