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Viburnum tinus, Laurustinus

Viburnum tinus

Family: Adoxaceae
Origin: Canary Islands
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This is a useful evergreen shrub for winter interest in the open garden or containers. It's very compact, and has dense dark green foliage. The pink flower buds open to tiny, star-shaped white flowers, carried in flattened heads and these are followed by small dark blue-black fruits. It can also be grown as an informal hedge and is tolerant of a fair amount of shade. To propagate, take cuttings in summer. Needs full sun or part shade. Has blue fruit in fall. Is drought tolerant.

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