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Care of the plant Viburnum tinus or Laurustinus.

Care of the shrub Viburnum tinus or Laurustinus

The genus Viburnum, family Adoxaceae, includes 200 species of shrubs and trees native to the Northern Hemisphere, South America and the island of Java. Some species are: Viburnum tinus, Viburnum suspensum, Viburnum rigidum, Viburnum rhytidophyllum, Viburnum opulus, Viburnum lantana, Viburnum davidii, Viburnum tomentosum, Viburnum utile, Viburnum awabuki.

Common names: Laurustinus, Guelder rose, Laurustine. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are evergreen shrubs that reach 4 meters (13.12 feet) in height. They have leathery leaves, narrow oval in shape and glossy green. The small white or pink flowers appear in terminal inflorescences up to 10 cm (3.93") wide. They bloom from late winter to early spring. They produce quite decorative dark blue fruits.

They are used to form hedges and bushy groups due to the foliage and the duration of the fruits. They are ideal for coastal gardens.

Viburnum tinus can grow in full sun or semi-shade exposures. They resist the cold but not the intense and continuous frosts.

The soil can be a normal garden soil with 20% coarse sand.

Water moderately waiting for the substrate to dry. They are quite resistant to drought.

Fertilize with compost or manure in the fall.

Prune in late winter to keep it compact.

They are easily propagated from cuttings, by seeds or by layering.

Images of the shrub Viburnum tinus or Laurustinus

Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus