Viburnum tinus spring bouquet

Viburnum tinus

  • Attributes: Genus: Viburnum Species: tinus Family: Viburnaceae Life Cycle: Woody Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies, birds, and bees Play Value: Wildlife Food Source Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems): This plant is mildly resistant to damage by deer; drought Dimensions: Height: 6 ft. 0 in. – 12 ft. 0 in. Width: 6 ft. 0 in. – 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: Shrub Leaf Characteristics: Broadleaf Evergreen Habit/Form: Dense Erect Rounded Maintenance: Low Texture: Medium
  • Cultural Conditions: Light: Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day) Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours) Soil Texture: Clay High Organic Matter Loam (Silt) Sand Soil Drainage: Good Drainage Available Space To Plant: 6-feet-12 feet Usda Plant Hardiness Zone: 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Fruit: Fruit Color: Black Blue Fruit Value To Gardener: Showy Display/Harvest Time: Fall Spring Winter Fruit Type: Drupe Fruit Length: < 1 inch Fruit Width: < 1 inch Fruit Description: Fruit is an ovoid, berry-like, one-seeded drupe, blue maturing to purplish-black, .4 in.
  • Flowers: Flower Color: Pink White Flower Inflorescence: Cyme Flower Value To Gardener: Fragrant Showy Flower Bloom Time: Spring Winter Flower Petals: 4-5 petals/rays Flower Size: 1-3 inches Flower Description: Pink buds; 2 to 4 in. clusters of waxy flattened white flowers in late winter to early spring. Inflorescence is a convex cyme, terminal, 2-4 in dia.
  • Leaves: Leaf Characteristics: Broadleaf Evergreen Leaf Color: Green Variegated Leaf Feel: Glossy Leaf Type: Simple Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Leaf Shape: Oblong Ovate Leaf Margin: Entire Hairs Present: Yes Leaf Length: 1-3 inches Leaf Width: 1-3 inches Leaf Description: Leaves opposite, simple, narrowly ovate to oblong, entire, lustrous dark green above and paler with axillary hair tufts beneath; petiole usually pubescent.
  • Stem: Stem Is Aromatic: No
  • Landscape: Landscape Theme: Butterfly Garden Cottage Garden Pollinator Garden Design Feature: Border Foundation Planting Hedge Screen/Privacy Specimen Attracts: Bees Butterflies Pollinators Songbirds Resistance To Challenges: Deer Drought Salt


Viburnum tinus is big, reliable shrub species from the Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa. It flowers from late winter to early spring with delicate pink buds opening to white/pale pink flowers. Flowers lead onto showy metal-like blue-black berry fruits, these are especially popular with smaller birds such as robins and finches. Evergreen foliage can then provide a lovely backdrop for summer displays. Tolerant of most soil types, it’s dense rounded crown can act as a hedge but it prefers sheltered positions. Tinctures made from the leaves have been used in herbal medicine as a remedy for depression. The plant contains tannins that can cause stomach upset but the fruit has been used as a purgative against constipation. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Spring Bouquet Viburnum flowers

Spring Bouquet Viburnum flowers

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Spring Bouquet Viburnum in bloom

Spring Bouquet Viburnum in bloom

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Spring Bouquet Viburnum in flowers:

Spring Bouquet Viburnum in flowers:

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* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Height: 6 feet

Spread: 3 feet


Hardiness Zone: 6

Other Names: Laurustinus


An attractive evergreen shrub that is smaller growing, producing pink and white clusters of flowers over a long period from winter until spring, followed by fruits in summer that turn royal blue; can tolerate some shade; can be trained as a small tree

Ornamental Features

Spring Bouquet Viburnum features showy cymes of lightly-scented pink star-shaped flowers with white overtones at the ends of the branches from late fall to early spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. The royal blue fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters in mid summer. It has dark green foliage. The glossy pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Spring Bouquet Viburnum is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season’s flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Spring Bouquet Viburnum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Spring Bouquet Viburnum will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Spring Bouquet Viburnum

Spring Bouquet viburnum is an attractive dwarf evergreen shrub that can grow up to 5 feet tall. The oval leaves are glossy green all year round. In the spring, reddish-pink bud clusters open to pinkish-white flowers with a deep fragrance.
Later in the season, the plant grows metallic blue berries that ripen to blue-black. It prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It can still be grown in colder areas if planted in a sheltered location.
To get the berries, you need a second viburnum variety nearby. The fruit is not edible and will cause mild stomach upset if eaten. The flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds.

Landscaping Ideas

Spring Bouquet viburnum is a showy little shrub that makes a splash in the garden. It attracts wildlife to the garden with its sweet fragrant flowers, and birds like the blue berries that form later.
It is evergreen, so it provides interest year round. It is most frequently used as a specimen plant or a hedge. It makes a nice background shrub for perennial beds, in a foundation planting or along a fence line.
They also look nice in mass plantings. It can also be planted in front of tall vining plants like honeysuckle on a trellis.

Planting And Care

Spring Bouquet viburnum should be planted in full sun or partial shade for the best results. It grows slowly. Water it moderately with at least one good deep watering every month in the summer.
Fertilize in late spring with a complete fertilizer.
Prune after blooming to shape as needed. If you have several forming a hedge, pruning will be necessary to keep them in line. Always prune out any dead or damaged areas of the plant.
Spring Bouquet viburnum may be affected by rust, gray mold, sooty mold, downy mildew, and leaf spots. Insect pests include weevils, thrips and aphids. Spray with a systemic insecticide when you notice bleached or blackened leaves.

Viburnum Information

  • Scientific Name: Viburnum tinus ‘Compactum’ Spring Bouquet
  • Best Soil: Fertile well-drained soil, but it is fairly adaptable
  • Light: Full sun to light shade
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Foliage: Green
  • Bloom: Umbels of red-pink buds open to whitish-pink clusters of flowers in spring; grows clusters of metallic blue berries that turn blue-black
  • Mature Size and Shape: Grows to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide in an upright shape that eventually spreads
  • Hardiness Zone: 7 – 11
  • Plant Spacing: Plant 3 or 4 feet apart for hedges

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