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PLANT OF THE MONTH
Viburnum tinus may be a very common shrub that you see everywhere but I still love it. It flowers for a long time from late autumn through the winter into early spring and gives much needed winter interest with its pretty white flowers and handsome shiny evergreen foliage. The fruits are deep bluey black and are also attractive.
Viburnum tinus grows into a large shrub so give it plenty of space - height and spread 1.2m by 1.2m in 5 years, ultimately 3.5m tall - and it grows quite quickly. It will grow practically anywhere in sun or shade, even in dry shade in my experience and copes with poor soils. It looks good in a variety of planting schemes and I particularly like it in shady combinations, mixed with ferns and hellebores for example. I have a Viburnum tinus growing in a large pot in my east-facing front garden along with conifers, camellias and a fuchsia, also in pots, and they look well together.
Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ is a more compact shrub with pretty pink buds that open into pale pink flowers. ‘Gwenllian’ has deep pink buds that open into pink flowers. ‘Lisarose’ has red buds and pink and white flowers.
You don’t need to prune Viburnum tinus unless you want to restrict its size, in which case prune it after flowering.