Viburnum tinus

20% OFF early summer interest
2 litre pot £17.99 £14.39
in stock (shipped within 5-7 working days)
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Viburnum tinus laurustinus: Perfect for a shady spot

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: December to April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Flattened heads of white flowers from December to April, followed by dark blue-black fruit. This lovely, long-flowering laurustinus is perfect for brightening partly shady areas when little else is in flower. Reliable and easy to grow, the dark green foliage provides a dense backdrop against which ornamental or feature plants can more easily be seen.

  • Garden care: Remove any over-vigorous shoots that threaten the shape of established specimens in early summer, cutting them well back to within the plant's outline.

  • Humans/Pets Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

Delivery options

  • Standard
  • Next / named day
Delivery information

Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

Notes on Viburnum tinus

"Capable of growing in deep shade against fences, this evergreen viburnum forms a mound of leaf topped by welcome clusters of dainty white flowers that open from pink buds - from midwinter onwards"

  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Share by email

I might buy this again when I create another border


I love the flowering time in the winter it flowered right into the late spring




Perfect plant


Nothing to criticise. Plant well packed and in good condition on arrival. Excellent communication from the company at all stages of transaction.


Machen, Wales



5.0 2


We have a very large established viburnum in both our front and back garden hedges (over 2m high). I'm not exactly sure what type of viburnum they are, but they're both destroyed with viburnum beetle. I've only just identified what it is (I thought the smell was fox wee!!!) It's happened repeatedly for at least 3yrs. Any advice on the best way to rid the pests and get the shrubs back to a heathy state? We only get very very limited flower on them.


Hello, You can either try to pick the grubs off by hand, or (if the plant is not flowering), you can use an insecticide. Organic insecticides that contain natural pyrethrins, or chemical insecticides containing lambda-cyhalothrin or deltamethrin can also be used - ideally when they first appear from mid-April.


My mother in law's neighbor has just installed a horrible white concrete fench between the gardens and the piece next to my mother in law's kitchen window needs to be screened. There is no soil there so she proposes to get a wooden planter with trellis attached. I think this will be east facing but the garden is quite sheltered. She is thinking of planting a Virginia creeper but I think there might be better alternatives as the space is only 6ft high by about 4 ft wide. I'm thinking a shrub might be better, eg viburnum - but needs to be trouble free and quick growing as m-I-l is already 97 years old and wants to enjoy it. I know hedera is the obviously solution but she is against it! thoughts please!

Hello, I would definitely advise opting for something else as the Virginia creepers are big plants that will not be happy in a pot. I think your suggestion of a Viburnum tinus would be ideal, but keep in mind that although relatively fast-growing, it will still need time to get big. If the spot is reasonably sheltered and gets a good amount of sun, then a more immediate alternative would be one of our more mature plants, such as the Photinia on the following link.


Hi Would this Viburnum be happy in a container? I have a 55L container I want to use, but not sure how quickly it might outgrow this... Thanks!


Hello, These plants tend to do quite well in pots, provided they are kept well fed and watered. I would have thought that the 55 litre pot should be fine for at least 2 - 3 years, but it may need to get potted on in time.


I have two viburnum tinus, have had them for 3 years and they have never flowered. Both are in partial shade, well-improved clay soil.


Hello there There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced buds, but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why it won't flower. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser. Hope this helps

Hello, I was thinking of planting a Viburnum Tinus at the back of a shady border to act as an evergreen backdrop and for its winter flowers. However, it's not a very deep border and the space available would only allow for a spread of 1-1.5m and height of c. 2m. Is it possible to maintain a Virburnum Tinus at this kind of size by pruning it each season or would that be difficult to achieve? I'm open to alternatives if you can suggest any! Thank you!


Hello there Yes I think Viburnum tinus sounds a good option as you can cut it back if it gets too big, -it is often used for hedges. Hope this helps


Ideas for a shrub to go between 2 Cotoneasters please? Dear Crocus Some advice much appreciated please. I have ordered a Berberis darwinii from you to fill a space between 2 Cotoneaster franchetti shrubs that run along a fairly short piece of garden fence. I cut away a gap between the 2 Cotoneasters to break up the uniformity last year, and put some Sedums in as the soil is pretty dry here, but this doesn't look right. It looks a bit like a shrine to me! This part of the garden is west facing so gets the afternoon sunshine, and the soil is clay based but without much depth. I thought the Berberis would be good as it is also evergreen, produces flowers and berries and according to the literature is pretty quick growing, and seems to tolerate most situations and soils. But I have a 4 year old and I'm now a bit concerned re the spiky leaves. So before the Berberis is sent out is there another shrub that you can suggest (ideally evergreen) that would do the job i.e. blend or contrast with the Cotoneasters and make a somewhat less uniform and more interesting block. Thanks for any advice.

Alan Vale

Hello there, I would be tempted to put in a Viburnum tinus as they are reasonably fast growing - just click on the following link to go straight to them. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards Terry

Terry Allum

Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Evergreen Hedge needed Hello there, I hope you can give me some advice. I'm looking for an evergreen shrub to provide an division between me and my next door neighbour's front garden. Both of us don't know much about gardening, and we can't decide what type of shrub to have. We had a privit shrub before, but it just died we don't know why. So instead of planting another privit we would like some thing that doesn't grow too high, stays evergreen, flowers and also easy to manage, and not too expensive. Hope you can help. Kind regards Christine

christine grant

Hello Christine, One of the Viburnum tinus might be a good option, which can be cut back if it gets too big - just click on the following link to go straight to them. I am slightly concerned though as to why the privet died as they are usually very resilient. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

Difficult corner... Hi We have a problem area in our front garden. It is a triangular bed with two sides bounded by low walls, which form part of the boundaries to our property. The soil is more alkaline than acid, and has been described as silt, with quite a lot of flinty pebbles. Most of the front garden is lawn, with one rectangular bed below our kitchen window. Unfortunately for us the whole corner area is overshadowed from the south by our next door neighbour's tree. This is a walnut, which during the summer months cuts off most of the sunlight from the bed and which also throws a rain shadow over it. The tree is protected by a preservation order but it has had the crown lifted and thinned. It is now filling in downwards with flowers, leaves, nuts etc all falling into the triangular bed at regular intervals. It seems to dislike any neighbouring trees - we lost a rather lovely white-flowering prunus from our front lawn two years ago, the crown of which grew just high enough to touch a branch of the walnut. I have read that walnuts exude a toxic substance, to keep rivals at bay! We have one Camellia japonica (about 2.5 metres high) and one Fuchsia magellanica which apparently are reasonably happy in their situation ina corner. We planted a small Pittosporum tenuifolium (which is surviving but not at all happy) and two Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens, both of which have died. We also planted six Vinca minor, three of which failed to survive. (The survivors have been moved to another bed). Are there any evergreen shrubs or perennials that might survive in this bed? We do want something that will at least partially block the view of a small block of flats on the opposite side of the road, but are finding it difficult to work out a solution to our present problem. So could you please suggest something that we could successfully plant, other than laurels or aucuba, both of which my wife dislikes. Kind regards Michael

Hello There, This is a very difficult situation for plants as there will be very little moisture and nutrients in the soil. The best plants will be the toughest, however even these will need to be kept really well fed and watered if they are to survive. Here are your best options Viburnum tinus Sarcococca Ilex Mahonia Euonymus fortunei varieties Alchemilla mollis Pachysandra terminalis Bergenias Iris foetidissima Lamiums Liriope muscari Cotoneaster dammeri I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

Wildlife-friendly gardens are not only more interesting as you can watch all the comings and goings, but they are often more productive as many creatures will help increase pollination. Garden ponds act as a magnet to dragonflies and damsel flies, along w

Read full article

June Week 1

If you do nothing else...water new plants. Make sure new additions do not suffer during dry spells. Plant up summer containers bedding once the threat of frosts has passed. Feed container plants about six weeks after planting. If it’s a nice day...trim he

Read full article

Trim Hedges

Fast-growing hedges such as privet, Lonicera nitida and laurustinus (Viburnum tinus) need to be trimmed every month throughout the growing season to keep looking neat and tidy. Also trim formal hedges of Escallonia.

Read full article

Evergreens for leaf alone

The Victorians loved evergreens and they planted Aucuba japonica widely. Familiarity shouldn’t breed contempt though, for the all-green leaves of Rozannie are a high gloss rich green and red berries also follow. These long-lived shrubs grow far faster tha

Read full article

Download our free gardening app to help you grow

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play