Viburnum tinus, also known as Laurustinus, is a flowering evergreen shrub with an attractive upright growing form that boasts dense clusters of fragrant, pinkish-white blossoms in the early spring. Sensitive to below-zero temperatures, viburnum tinus grows and blossoms best in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 7 through 9. Viburnum tinus shrubs should be planted during warm spring weather to reduce the risk of transplanting shock.
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When to Plant
Spring is the best season to plant a viburnum tinus in your garden or home landscape. Planting in the spring helps to ensure that the shrub has plenty of time to establish a strong, extensive root system before the onset of cold winter temperatures. Viburnum tinus should be planted after the danger of spring frost has passed and the temperature of the soil has warmed to at least 20 degrees C.
Site Selection and Preparation
Viburnum tinus flourishes in full sun sites that receive six or more hours of direct sunlight per day, but can also be grown in partial sun or shade. They prefer moderately-fertile, well-drained soils and may perform poorly if planted in sandy or heavy clay soil. Amending the soil at the selected site with organic materials before planting your viburnum tinus makes it easier for it to establish itself in its new location. Till a 6-inch layer of equal parts peat moss, compost and perlite into the top 10 to 12 inches of soil to improve its drainage and aeration.
Planting Viburnum Tinus
Viburnum tinus should be planted at the same level that it was growing in its nursery container. Dig the planting hole for your shrub to be twice as wide as its root ball and as deep as the height of the root ball. Lower the shrub into the planting hole and fill the hole with soil; pat down the soil with the palms of your hands. Top the surface of the soil around the shrub with a 1- to 2-inch layer of pine straw, redwood bark or wood chips.
Viburnum Tinus Care
Water the viburnum tinus deeply with 1 to 2 inches of water immediately after planting to settle the soil around the shrub's roots. Continue to provide your viburnum tinus with 1 inch of water per week in the absence of rain; reduce the frequency of irrigation, if necessary, to prevent the soil from becoming overly wet or waterlogged. Fertilise young viburnum tinus plants with a high-phosphorus fertiliser every two months. Older plants benefit from an annual early spring application of a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser.
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- University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service; Viburnum tinus; Edward F. Gilman; September 1999
- Home and Garden Ideas; How to Grow Viburnum Tinus; Megan Radogna; February 2011
- Washington State University Extension: Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet'
- BBC Plant Finder: Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus)