- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: December to April
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: the fruits can cause a mild stomach-ache if ingested
- 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.
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Q: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.Asked on 3/28/2014 by Neurloark from Dulwich
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 helpsAnswered on 3/31/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q: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!Asked on 9/12/2013 by novicegardener from London
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 helpsAnswered on 9/13/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q: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.Asked on 4/15/2010 by Alan Vale
A: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. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.tinus/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/16/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q: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 TerryAsked on 12/31/2009 by Terry Allum
A: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. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 1/5/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q: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 MargaretAsked on 12/5/2009 by D DRAKETT
A: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. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q: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 ChristineAsked on 9/24/2009 by christine grant
A: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. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.viburnum-tinus/ I am slightly concerned though as to why the privet died as they are usually very resilient. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/24/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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 MichaelAsked on 7/19/2009 by Anonymous
A: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 http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.tinus/ Sarcococca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sarcococca/ Ilex http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/hedging/ilex-%C3%97--altaclerensis-golden-king/classid.4029/ Mahonia http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/mahonia-%C3%97-media-charity/classid.4158/ Euonymus fortunei varieties http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=euonymus+for Alchemilla mollis http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=233&CategoryID= Pachysandra terminalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3288&CategoryID= Bergenias http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=bergenia Iris foetidissima http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3073&CategoryID= Lamiums http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=lamium Liriope muscari http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3173&CategoryID= Cotoneaster dammeri http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1021&CategoryID= I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/20/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What can I plant by my front door?
Hi, I need some help finding a plant to put outside my front door. I have no idea what would be best. The door is north facing and pretty shady. Ideally I would like something evergreen or flowering. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank youAsked on 7/18/2009 by Aftab - Tabassum Shah
A:Hello There, There are a few plants which I think would be suitable - here are some of my favourites Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/sarcococca-hookeriana-var.-digyna/classid.4367/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ and Viburnum tinus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.viburnum-tinus/Answered on 7/20/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Some more help?
Dear Sirs I want to plant a Viburnum ?? bodnantense Charles Lamont at the bottom of a 55ft garden for winter interest. Would I get any benefit from this shrub at this sort of distance? As you can tell I'm very much a novice at all this gardening business!! Thank you for your help Regards LynnAsked on 7/15/2009 by Lynn BT
A:Hello again Lynn, There are very few plants which will flower for a long period through winter, but the following are your best
options. Viburnum tinus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus-/classid.4482/ Garrya eliptica
I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Lynn, This plant has very small flowers, which appear in custers on the bare stems in winter. They are not particularly showy
from a distance, but they have a delicious scent, so are ideal for planting near a path or entrance.Answered on 7/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I grow Phyllostachys nigra on my roof terrace?
Dear Sir/Madam We are interested in installing Phyllostachys nigra as a screen on our second floor roof terrace. The terrace is set on a flat roof to the rear of our terraced house and is relatively sheltered. We would like to screen off the adjoining property with planting and have set four zinc containers on the top of the party wall. Our ideal plant for this would be Phyllostachys nigra. We like the look of this plant, that it grows generally vertically, will provides a good screen and that it doesn??t shed too many leaves (we hope). Eventually we would like these to grow to about 1.8 to 2 metres high. Is this a suitable plant for this location? Many thanks OliverAsked on 6/24/2009 by Oliver Barsoum
A:Hello again Oliver, They are not strictly evergreen and would not really be suitable as they have very sharp leaf margins Best
regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 6/26/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Dear Helen Many thanks for your recommendations for our rooftop installation. The Viburnum tinus is quite an interesting option but we were also looking at the Pampas grasses that you have. We like the vertical nature of these, would they produce a year-round screen? The one I was looking at was the Cortaderia selloana. Thanks Oliver.Answered on 7/1/2009 by Oliver Barsoum
A:Hello Oliver, The first thing I would recommend is to check that the roof is strong enough for the weight of the plants before you proceed.
If it is OK, then the Phyllostachys nigra would be suitable, provided they are reasonably sheltered as the leaves may get wind burn if it is
very exposed. Keeping them in pots will restrict their growth, so make sure you have the largest pots possible and I would strongly advise
installing an automatic watering system as they are thirsty plants. As for planting, you could opt for the Phyllostachys nigra, but as the pots
are small, the plants may not reach the desired height, and the leaves may get wind burn if it is very exposed. A tougher option may be
Viburnum tinus - just click on the following link to take you straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus/classid.4482/ I hope this helps.Helen Plant Doctor Hello again Oliver, They are not strictly evergreen and would not really be suitable as they have very sharp leaf margins. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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