How to Grow Viburnum Tinus Variegatum

Overview

Viburnum tinus variegatum is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family. It produces light pink flowers early in the spring. After the plant flowers, it produces blue-black berries. The berries are a favorite of many birds. Most plants grow up to 12 feet in height, but according to the University of Florida, some have been known to reach 15 feet tall.

Step 1

Dig a planting hole that is twice the size of the root ball and as deep as the root ball. Center the Viburnum tinus in the planting hole. Backfill with soil, then water with at least 1 inch of water.

Step 2

Mulch the Viburnum tinus with at least 1 inch of compost or pulverized bark. If the plant is large, mulch with 3 inches of compost or pulverized bark. The mulch helps the soil retain moisture and protects the roots of the plant from extreme temperatures.

Step 3

Water the Viburnum tinus weekly with 1 inch of water. Water deeply so that the lower roots benefit from the moisture in the soil. Shallow watering encourages shallow root growth, which decreases the plant's health and makes it more susceptible to pests and disease.

Step 4

Fertilize the Viburnum tinus variegatum each spring, just after new growth appears. Fertilize with a general flowering shrub and tree fertilizer. The plant tolerates most types of soil, so only use a specific-nutrient fertilizer if a soil test shows a missing nutrient. Follow the dosage instructions on the fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost or pulverized bark
  • Flowering shrub and tree fertilizer

References

  • University of Florida: Viburnum Tinus Variegatum
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