Viburnum tinus 'EVE PRICE'

Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus 'EVE PRICE'
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
 medium-sized shrub
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
BLOOMING TIME December - March
LOCATION full sun to shade
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 7   (down to -18°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
Winter blooms
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Laurustinus is a tough, evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean basin whose native habitat ranges from Portugal and Spain in the west, to Turkey in the east, and from Libya in the south, back to Morocco in the southwest, including nearby islands (Canary, Balearic etc.). It is so versatile to grow in dry and hot climate near Africa as well as in milder parts of Europe with higher humidity and rainfall. Unlike most other shrubs indigenous to dry lands of the Mediterranean that are commonly spiny, prickly, or exhibit another turn-off, laurustinus boasts handsome, leathery but soft, entire (spine-free) foliage. Interestingly, on the other hand it proved hardy enough to grow happily down to USDA zone 7, but let’s check its varieties first.

Eve Price laurustinus is truly a classic today. Its evergreen leaves are up to 8 cm long, ovate, leathery but thinner than most evergreens, medium to dark green, and with conspicuous venation. In autumn it produces a profusion of highly attractive terminal cymes composed of rosy pink flower buds which open into tiny, white, fragrant flowers in December in mild winters of zones 7 and higher. In colder areas they open in late winter or early spring and are followed by small, inedible but not poisonous, blue berries. Laurustinus is cultivated especially for its lush foliage and compact habit. It forms upright growing, dense shrubs and is often used in hedges in warmer zones. Stems turn purple red in autumn and winter.

This variety was discovered by Dr. Chris Clennet at Wakehurst Place (West Essex, about 75 km south of London) in 1960 who worked for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for 30 years until 2017. He showed the plant to the owner of the manor, Sir Henry Philip Price (1877-1963) who was a keen, amateur botanist. Sir Price made his money as a businessman and started as a tailor who in early 20th century made suit available to men who had not been able to afford it before. A part of his wealth was devoted to promotion of botany and he left the manor to Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew after is death in 1963. Two years before his death he named this laurustinus after his second wife Eve Mary Dickson, and in the same year (1961) the plant received AGM award by the Royal Horticultural Society of England (RHS).

Now, let’s explore its hardiness. Despite its origin many trials proved that it can be cultivated down to USDA zone 6 or even 5b where it is root hardy as a perennial. Even if the top growth is killed by frost it always regenerates from live framework, just prune it after harsh winter and in a couple of months you will again have a beautiful, leafy shrub. In zone 6 it is best to grow it a mixed border combined with other evergreen plants which create a microclimate protecting it from sudden temperature swings. Location hidden from winter sunlight is also recommended there. Our shrub survived our strongest winter of 2006/2007 (-27 °C for 3 consecutive nights) when it was killed almost to the ground but resprouted and in early summer it was some 45-50 cm tall and bushy.

Laurustinus will grow virtually in any free-draining soil, but performs best in fertile, moist soil, acidic pH will help the foliage keep its healthy, deep green colour but is not a must. Mulching is crucial in zone 6 and lower. Small plants should be covered by evergreen boughs in winter. Fully (stem) hardy to -17 °C (zone 7), and root-hardy down to even -27 °C (USDA zone 5b) with protection.

Last update 24-10-2009; 30-01-2021
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Viburnum tinus height 25-30 cm, width 25-30 cm
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Viburnum tinus height 25-30 cm, width 25-30 cm
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