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A picture of a Laurustinus


Viburnum tinus

Also known as

Common Laurustinus, Tinus

Viburnum tinus by Retama (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Laurustinus

A close up of some Viburnum tinus flowers in a garden
A close up of some Viburnum tinus flowers leaves and fruits in a garden
Some metallic blue Viburnum tinus berry fruits
A close up of some Viburnum tinus flowers in a garden
A photo of Laurustinus

Laurustinus Overview

Viburnum tinus is a large, dense shrub, originating from the Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa. It flowers from late winter to early spring, with delicate pink buds opening to creamy white flowers. These are followed by dark blue/black berries, popular with birds. It is evergreen and has dark green, oval leaves. Viburnum tinus - also known as Laurustinus - likes a sheltered position and tolerates most fertile, well-drained soils - dry or moist. Very versatile, it is happy in sun and shade. Low-maintenance and reliable, Viburnum tinus is at home used as a hedge or a screen - or as a specimen border shrub, providing winter colour (its dark green leaves also providing a useful backdrop for summer colours). Little or no pruning is needed. This species is on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Laurustinus

How to propagate Laurustinus


Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer.

Special features of Laurustinus

Attracts birds

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Hedge plant

Attractive fruits

Winter colour

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Laurustinus

Traditional herbal medicine.

Larger Shrubs for Gardens

For larger gardens, these flowering shrubs are perfect additions to provide habitat and food for pollinators.

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Garden Shrubs for Autumn and Winter interest

These evergreen shrubs are perfect additions to provide pollinators with shelter and food over the autumn and winter.

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