Viburnum Tinus


Viburnum Tinus is an evergreen plant ideal for enclosing the garden. Also commonly called lentiggine, laurel vat or viburnum, it is a plant of the Caprifoliaceae family native to the Mediterranean basin.

A very compact shrub that can reach a height of 3 m and a width of 2 m, with thick branches that grow from the base of the plant. The growth speed is slow, so it does not require frequent pruning.

The leaves are persistent, oval and elongated, 5 – 8 cm long, thick and dark green in colour. It flowers from November when the plants are filled with pink-red buds, which remain open until February when white flowers open and persist until March – April. The flowers are followed by round, blue-purple berries, which are very ornamental.

Viburnum tinus can be exposed to full sun, partial shade and complete shade. In the sun the flowering will be so abundant that it will often hide the foliage. It will bloom less in the shade, but the flowers will have brighter colors and last longer.


Viburnum tinus tolerates harsh temperatures, generally down to -10°C. It tolerates drought and grows well even in areas close to the sea.