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Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus

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Zones 4-10, 12-24, 26, 28-31
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Viburnum tinus

Evergreen, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries


Large, diverse group of plants with generally oval, often handsome leaves and clusters of typically white, sometimes fragrant flowers. Blossoms are usually followed by single-seeded, often brilliantly colored fruit much appreciated by birds. Many viburnums are grown for their flower display, a few for their showy fruit. Many evergreen types are valuable as foliage plants. Several species can be grown as small trees.

Viburnum tinus

Evergreen, Mediterranean native. Grows to 6–12 ft. tall and half as wide. Leathery dark green, 2–3-in.-long leaves with edges slightly rolled under. Wine red new stems. Blooms from fall to spring; tight clusters of pink buds open to lightly fragrant white flowers. Bright metallic blue fruits last through summer. Dense foliage right to the ground makes it good for screens, hedges, and clipped topiary shapes. Can be trained as a small tree. Susceptible to mites and prone to mildew near ocean.

‘Robustum’ (Roundleaf laurustinus). Leaves are coarser and rougher than those of the species; flower buds are almost white. Less prone to mildew. Excellent small, narrow tree.

‘Spring Bouquet’ (‘Compactum’). Upright to 4–6 ft. tall and wide; good for hedges. Leaves are deeper green, slightly smaller than those of the species.

‘Variegatum’. Zones 4–9, 14–24. Leaves are marbled with white and pale yellow.

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