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Laurustinus –
Viburnum tinus (latin)
Laurustinus - Viburnum tinus

Area of origin: Europe, coastal regions.

Adult Dimensions: Height up to 2.5m (8,2'), width up to 2m (6,6').

Foliage: Evergreen.

Soil Type: All but well drained and therefore not too wet.

Hardiness: Protect in very severe winters. Hardy to -15°C.

Exposure: Full sun.

Laurustinus - Viburnum tinus Laurustinus - Viburnum tinus

Characteristics and Uses:
White flowers from November to April and blue-black fruits. This very decorative shrub is often features within country hedges. It can be planted alone, in mixed beds or In containers. It responds well to cutting and can be cut to shape.

List of Viburnum:
Guelder-Rose (Viburnum opulus), abundant blossom of large umbrella shaped flat heads, followed by extremely decorative red berries, red wine colored foliage in autumn
Korean Spice Viburnum 'Aurora' (Viburnum carlesii 'Aurora'), big clusters of extremely fragrant soft pink flowers Snowball Tree (Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'), magnificent abundant blossom from April through to June, brilliant white ball like flower heads
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana), white blossom, followed by red berries, turning black, extremely appreciated by birds

See the Viburnum catalogue

The Viburnum tinus goes beautifully with:
Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pale pink - white blossom throughout summer
Beauty Bush 'Pink Cloud' (Kolwitzia amabilis 'Pink Cloud), abundant pale pink blossom in June - July, red foliage in the autumn
Border Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia), early golden yellow blossom
Buddleia (Buddleia Davidii) 'Nanho purple', abundant and scented blossom throughout summer, highly attractive to butterflies
Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica), beautiful white blossom throughout spring and summer, followed by extremely decorative red berries
Milkflower Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus), white blossom in June - July, followed by red berries in October
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium), blossom of lemony yellow clusters in January
Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria), feathery inflorescences in summer, red foliage in the autumn
Variegated Pink Weigelia (Weigelia florida 'Variegata'), abundant blossom of pink bell shaped flowers throughout summer
Virginal Mockorange (Philadelphus x virginalis 'Virginal'), abundant white blossom in summer
Weigelia 'Bristol Ruby', abundant blossom from May through to September, ruby red bell shaped flowers

The Viburnum tinus is used in the following flowering hedges:
Flowering Hedge 'Emma'
Flowering Hedge 'Julie'

Other plants used for hedges compositions:
Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pinkish white blossom throughout summer
Box Leaved Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida), beautiful foliage reminiscent of the box tree, ideal in low hedges
Common Box (Buxus sempervirens), shiny green foliage, long life expectancy, ideal in low hedges
Common Gorse (Ulex europaeus), abundant and fragrant blossom, ideal for defensive hedges, dislikes chalky soil
Common Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Rotundifolia'), bright green foliage, white blossom in clusters, dislikes chalky soil
Common Yew (Taxus baccata), dark green foliage, toxic red berries and foliage
Dwarf Japanese mock orange, height up to 1m. White flowers, with the fragrance of orange blossom, dark bright green foliage, hardy to -10°C
Eleagnus ebbingei (Elaeagnus ebbingei), extremely fragrant white flowers from September through to December, silvery green foliage
Escallonia 'Iveyi'), fragrant white blossom from July through to September, hardy to -10°C
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), extremely beautiful marcescent foliage
Japanese Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira), white flowers,  with the fragrance of orange blossom, dark bright green foliage, hardy to -10°C
Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana), conical shape and dense foliage, its bark smells like citronella, dislikes chalky soil
Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii), rapid growth, extremely hardy
Oval Leaved Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), white flowers in July, in panicle, semi-evergreen foliage, hardy to -30°C
Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin', juvenile red shoots, white umbrella shaped blossom in spring, dislikes chalky soil and harsh frosts
Portugal Laurel (Prunus lusitanica), white blossom in June, shiny green foliage
Red Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'atropurpurea'), crimson foliage and yellow flowers with hints of red in the spring, ideal in protective hedges, deciduous

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