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Viburnum tinus - L.
                 
Common Name Laurustinus, Laurestinus Viburnum
Family Adoxaceae
USDA hardiness 8-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Found in the more luxuriant type of macchia vegetation and as undergrowth in woods, usually near the sea[11].
Range S. Europe. A garden escape in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Late winter, Mid spring, Mid winter. Form: Oval, Upright or erect.

Viburnum tinus Laurustinus, Laurestinus Viburnum


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Viburnum tinus Laurustinus, Laurestinus Viburnum
   
Physical Characteristics
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Viburnum tinus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3.5 m (11ft) by 3.5 m (11ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Dec to February, and the seeds ripen from Oct to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

A fast growing informal hedge but it can be damaged in the most exposed positions[75].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Massing, Screen, Specimen. An easily grown plant, succeeding in both acid and alkaline soils but it is ill-adapted for poor soils and dry situations[1, 202]. Prefers a deep rich loamy soil in sun or semi-shade[11] but flowers better in a sunny position[182]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Best if given shade from the early morning sun in spring[200]. Thrives in moderate shade but is better in full sun[11]. A fairly wind resistant plant but it requires shelter from cold northerly and north-easterly winds[75, 200]. This species is hardy to about -10°c, it does not thrive in the colder areas of the country[182]. A very variable plant, there are a number of named varieties[11, 182]. Fast growing when young, though slowing with age[202]. Very tolerant of pruning, plants quickly regenerate even from old wood[202]. Plants give off an offensive smell in wet weather[182]. Plants occasionally self-sow in Britain[17]. Plants are self-incompatible and need to grow close to a genetically distinct plant in the same species in order to produce fruit and fertile seed[11, 200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Attracts butterflies, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Propagation
Seed - best sown in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Germination can be slow, sometimes taking more than 18 months. If the seed is harvested 'green' (when it has fully developed but before it has fully ripened) and sown immediately in a cold frame, it should germinate in the spring[80]. Stored seed will require 2 months warm then 3 months cold stratification and can still take 18 months to germinate[113]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a cold frame or greenhouse. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of soft-wood, early summer in a frame[200]. Pot up into individual pots once they start to root and plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8 cm long with a heel if possible, July/August in a frame[78, 113]. Plant them into individual pots as soon as they start to root. These cuttings can be difficult to overwinter, it is best to keep them in a greenhouse or cold frame until the following spring before planting them out[113]. Cuttings of mature wood, winter in a frame. They should root in early spring - pot them up when large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer if sufficient new growth is made, otherwise keep them in a cold frame for the next winter and then plant them out in the spring. Layering of current seasons growth in July/August. Takes 15 months[78].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Lydia Beth Sat Jan 14 2006
I am interested in using this shrub in a border near a horse pasture. Is there any information out there regarding whether this shrub is toxic to livestock if ingested?
Elizabeth H.
Thu Jul 27 2006
I have 5 outside the front door and the offensive smell is actually very poo like. I would not recommend anyone plants one!!
Elizabeth H.
Mrs Bronwyn Lummis Tue Jun 9 2009
June 9th 2009 Thankyou so much for letting me know about the poo smell of this plant!! we have lived in our house house 16yrs and on anoff we have smelt this and at the moment it does so everyone who comes into the front garden thinks its a cat doing it so now we must say sorry to the Cat poor thing!!
Elizabeth H.
Loretta Sat Jul 11 2009
We have a Blue Muffin Viburnum right outside our front door, and my husband recently trimmed it back. Well, it smells just like cow manure. We weren't sure where the offensive odor was coming from, but it was from the "sap?" from the recently-cut twigs. Is the Blue Muffin Viburnum part of the Viburnum tinus grouping?
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