Very ornamental, Viburnum tinus (Laurustinus) is a vigorous bushy evergreen shrub noted for its eye-catching flower clusters, colorful berries and leathery foliage. Opening from pale pink buds from winter to mid spring, masses of tiny, fragrant, white flower clusters, 2-4 in. (5-10 cm), are elegantly held above the foliage. Rich of nectar, they are loved by butterflies, bees and other pollinators. The blooms give way to showy bright metallic blue berries. The dense evergreen foliage of ovate, glossy dark green leaves makes Laurustinus an excellent choice for mixed shrub borders or low screens. Easy to grow and reliable, this lovely, long-flowering shrub is a great asset in the winter garden, blooming its heart out when little else is in bloom.
- Grows up with an upright rounded habit to 8 ft. tall (240 cm) and 6 ft. wide (180 cm).
- A full sun or dappled shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils. Adaptable to sandy or clay soils if there is excellent drainage. For best flower and fruit production, provide occasional water during dry weather. Drought tolerant once established
- Perfect as a specimen plant or in shrub borders, striking hedges and screens and foundation plantings.
- This variety of viburnum is deer resistant.
- Viburnums do not require regular pruning. However, you may cut back vigorous shoots for shape in early to mid summer. Do not deadhead or the plant will not produce its charming berries.
- Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.
- Native to the Mediterranean area of Europe and North Africa.
- The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested.