Viburnum tinus


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Viburnum tinus

Plant details

Viburnum tinus is a dense, evergreen shrub with dark and oval, glossy leaves, which contrast beautifully with strongly fragrant pinkish-white flowers, followed by dark black fruit. It's a popular choice for hedging but may also be grown as a specimen shrub in a mixed border.

Grow Viburnum tinus in moist but well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost and cut back plants to retain their shape in early summer.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Viburnum

Species: tinus

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 300cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

Flowering period: December to April

Reader reviews


I am trying to identify established plants and the photos are too small to use for this. Half of the plants don't give any details when clicked on and there could be close up shots of the leaves as they are not all in flower for very long. Sorry for the whinge but I am getting frustrated as almost every plant I have tried has no details yet many others do!


Is pretty in winter and spring, but boring in the summer months. Our suddenly died for no reason after many years. We are going to replace it with another Vibernum but not a Tinus.

flowering rose

I planted one but the wevills got at it and it died.

flowering rose

I planted one but the wevills got at it and it died.

Gardening Grandma

Lovely winter/early spring colour and recovers well if cut back hard. Rather drab in summer but a good structural plant. Gives good cover for birds, too.


I agree with amethystpixie - please can we have photos of the whole plant, eg. in a flower border, so that we can see what it looks like? An extreme close up of just the flower isn't very helpful! Sorry to complain!


I inherited this when I moved and was a good 4ft. It suffered with weevils and I had to cut back. It is now a sort of topiary tree with three bare stems and foliage at the top but not pruned as neat as topiary. The weevils have gone but I still spray each year although I can't reach the top of the shrub. Shaping adds character and good for screening but not a wow shrub however still has a place and is useful.

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