• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower to 6 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Early spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:vy-BER-num TY-nus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 6 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleMediterranean
    Design IdeasThe upright form of this large shrub makes it an excellent candidate to plant in a patio container as a small tree, with lower limbs pruned. Or include it in a smaller border planting, where it willstand out with its fragrant flowers.
    Companion PlantsPlant the base of this small tree with perennials such as Johnson's Blue Cranesbill (Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue'), Georgenberg Chilean Avens (Geum x heldreichii 'Georgenberg') and Moonbeam ThreadleafCoreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This species is commonly known as laurustinus in its homeland around the Mediterranean Sea. It is far more frost tender than the other 250 species of mostly cold hardy Viburnum. It was brought into cultivation around 1600, valued for its unique evergreen foliage. It has remained quite similar to its original species because V. tinus does not readily cross with the deciduous species.
    Lore:
    This genus was derived from the Latin word viburna, which means "to tie". It was so named because long flexible whips of European viburnum species were used to tie up firewood sticks gathered in the wild.