Viburnum tinus, commonly called laurustinus, is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree native to shrubland and wooded, rocky slopes of the Mediterranean region of Europe and northern Africa. Mature specimens can reach up to 12' tall with a 10' spread and take on a densely branched, upright to rounded habit. The dark green, glossy foliage is ovate in shape and can reach up to 4" long and 1.5" wide. The fragrant flowers are pink in bud before opening white and are held in round, 4" wide terminal clusters. The blooms are followed by dark, metallic blue, ovoid drupes that reach around 0.25" long. The fruits are eaten by birds. Best grown in evenly moist, well-draining soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers deep, rich loams but clay soils are tolerated if drainage is adequate. Tolerant of occasional drought once established. For best fruiting, group more than one plant in relatively close proximity. Screen, hedge, mixed shrub borders, accent specimen plant. Hardy in Zones 8-10.
Growing Instructions for the Laurustinus Viburnum
The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 3 months. 2. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Fill a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand or vermiculite. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil. 4. Water the container. 5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area. 6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet. 7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.