How to Plant Viburnum Tinus


Viburnum tinus, also called Laurestinus, grows about 6 to 12 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide. As an upright evergreen shrub, this plant works together as a hedge or singularly as a specimen plant. It blooms in early spring with little, pinkish-white flowers, followed by ornamental dark blue fruit. Viburnum tinus is hardy down to USDA zone 7, which means it will survive the winter where the temperature stays above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Knowledge of how to plant this shrub will help you produce a low-maintenance, upright shrub.

Step 1

Obtain a Viburnum tinus plant or grow your own from a cutting. To do the latter, plant late-winter cuttings in a mix of half peat and half perlite. Keep the potting medium moist, placing a plastic bag over the pot to hold in moisture.

Step 2

Choose an area in the spring with full sun or partial shade and moderately fertile, well-drained soil. This plant will tolerate poor soils including sand and clay, but prefers slightly alkaline loam soils.

Step 3

Mix a 2-inch layer of organic compost 6 to 8 inches into the soil with a trowel or spade. This will increase fertility and help the shrub to adapt to its new environment more easily.

Step 4

Dig a hole twice the width of the shrub's root ball and at a depth the same height as the root ball. Place the shrub in the hole, backfill the soil and tamp down firmly. Water deeply to help settle the soil around the roots.

Step 5

Space multiple shrubs 3 to 4 feet apart for a denser hedge and 5 feet apart for a lighter hedge.

Things You'll Need

  • Small pot(s)
  • Peat
  • Perlite
  • Water
  • Plastic bag(s)
  • Trowel or spade
  • Organic compost


  • University of Florida Cooperative Extension: Viburnum tinus
  • Texas A&M University: Medium to Large Shrubs -- Viburnum tinus
  • North Carolina State University: Virbunum tinus
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