By: Teo Spengler
Laurustinus viburnum (Viburnum tinus) is a small evergreen hedge plant, native to the areas around the Mediterranean. It’s definitely a shrub to consider planting if you live in USDA zone 8 or warmer. It offers white flowers and annual berries. Read on for more laurustinus plant information, including basic instructions for growing laurustinus shrubs.
Laurustinus viburnum is one of the short viburnum species, and even unpruned specimens rarely exceed 12 feet (3.6 m.) in height. Some cultivars, like Laurustinus Spring Bouquet, are much shorter.
The dwarfed height is one of the key features that makes growing laurustinus shrubs popular. A gardener seeking a short hedge won’t need to prune every other week to keep the plant the right size.
Laurustinus plant information states that these evergreen shrubs produce flower buds as early as January. The buds are pink or red, but the flowers open white. If you are growing Laurustinus shrubs, you’ll see the flowers give way to blue-black drupes. These viburnum drupes look like berries.
If you live in a warm region, it’s easy to grow Laurustinus viburnum shrubs. They thrive in full sun but accept less, thriving even in dappled shade.
Plant these bushes where the soil drainage is good. Other than requiring good drainage, Laurustinus shrubs are very tolerant of various soil types, including sand and even clay.
Laurustinus are known to be drought tolerant, but the shrubs bloom more profusely with a little extra irrigation. And don’t forget to provide water during the months that follow planting.
The most popular cultivar of this viburnum is Laurustinus Spring Bouquet. This cultivar thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10 in shade or sun. As previously stated, it is a dwarf cultivar. Each plant grows only to four feet tall, but can get as wide as it is tall.
It too sets its buds in winter, producing flattened clusters of small, pink balls that look like berries. As April rolls around and the air warms, these pink balls open up into fragrant white flowers. They smell like honey. By June, the blossoms are done flowering. They drop petals and give way to metallic blue berries.
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|Family:||Adoxaceae (a-dox-AY-see-ee) (Info)|
|Genus:||Viburnum (vy-BUR-num) (Info)|
|Species:||tinus (TIN-us) (Info)|
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Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
From semi-hardwood cuttings
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Clovis, California(2 reports)
Morehead City, North Carolina
On Apr 18, 2014, kenburk101 from Old Jefferson, LA wrote:
I purchased 13 of these at $37.99/ each from one of my local garden centers. They were grown by Monrovia. One of them began to look bad a couple of months after planting, then another, then a third, so I wrote Monrovia hoping to get some pointers only to get no response. A month or so later and two more plants looking bad I made a post of facebook and finally got a response. I ended up speaking personally on two occasions with a gentleman in charge of the company (or in some prominant position). I also have a couple of e-mails from him. I had not been looking for replacements, but he offered them to me. At first it was going to be full replacement and then it became something less. It has been over a year now, all of the plants died and are in my compost heap along with the tags. I w. read more ound up replacing them with japanese yew. They are doing well. The only help I got was from a professional from the LSU ag center. He said that this type of vibernum was prone to certain fungi and root rot.
Laurustine is a viburnum native to the Mediterranean areas of Europe and Africa and tolerates coastal conditions and is slightly salt-tolerant and drought tolerant. Blooms winter-spring with clusters of pink buds opening to white. The lustrous, dark-green leaves are nice year-round. Fruit set requires another viburnum type to be planted nearby. Use this shrub as a specimen or hedge in full sun to partial shade.
Although most viburnums are not seriously troubled by diseases or pests, several problems can occur, particularly when plants are stressed or in poor growing conditions.
A variety of fungal leaf spots and a bacterial leaf spot are fairly common on viburnums. Aphids, thrips, spider mites, scale, root weevils and plant parasitic nematodes can be problems, also. For further information on problems on viburnums, refer to the fact sheet HGIC 2057, Viburnum Diseases & Insect Pests.
With all the variation and seasonal interest that viburnums bring to the garden, the uses are nearly endless.