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Common Name:  Laurustinus

Botanical Name:  Viburnum tinus  

Attributes:   This Mediterranean native of Southern Europe and North Africa is commonly called Laurustinus.  Laurus refers to the leaf having the appearance of a bay laurel and tinus, which means “tenth born” or “late arrival.”  This refers to Laurustius blooming so late in the year, though it blooms here in the mid-south from January through March.  This fine evergreen upright vibirnum has dark green leaves that are beautiful throughout the year.  The pink budded fragrant flower opens to a pure white.  The flowers are followed by ovoid, metallic blue fruits, which are quite striking against the dark leaved background.  The species reaches 6-12 feet in height and 4-5 feet wide.  Laurustinus is a hardy plant that appears to be insect and disease resistant.  There are a few compact and variegated cultivars available.  

 Growing Tips:   Laurustinus grows in full sun to part shade and will grow in well-drained poor soil.  The one planted at the Memphis Botanic Garden was planted in loamy clay soil that was amended with compost and the plant has done great in this situation.  Good drainage is key to growing Laurustinus.  

Landscape Value:  Laurustinus is an excellent evergreen plant for screening, hedging and for the garden border.  It can be used as a specimen to show off the flowers and fruit.  

 Laurustinus can be found at the Memphis Botanic Garden south of the Butterfly Garden.

Article by Kyle McLane, Horticulturist Photos by Sherri McCalla, Horticulture Assistant  


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