Viburnum tinus L. (Caprifoliaceae)

Laurustinus, Laurestine

Laurustinus is a large, evergreen shrub to 3m with dark green, oval leaves. Clusters of small, creamy-white flowers, often pink-tinged in bud, are produced over a long period in late winter and spring, followed by blue-black berries. It is great for hedging and screening purposes and can look good in an informal, coastal, or cottage garden, and even as a background or wall-side border plant. It is a low maintenance, medium drought tolerant plant that grows well in most light conditions. Commonly grown cultivars include ‘Eve Price’, and ‘Gwenllian’ (both pink and white flowers) and ‘Variegatum’ (variegated; white flowers). Growing Laurustinus will bring yearlong colour to the garden. They bloom in late winter through to spring, carry blue fruits throughout the spring, and have attractive evergreen leaves all year long. We grow this species in form of a few bushes in the old Mediterranean rockery and as a hedge near the Head office.