Viburnum tinus 'EVE PRICE'

Viburnum tinus
Viburnum tinus 'EVE PRICE'
laurustinus
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-2m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME December - January
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 7   (down to -18°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
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 beautiful evergreen shrub whose variety Eve Price bears large leaves – up to 8 cm across. They are medium to soft green, leathery but not thick, slightly glossy. In November it produces terminal panicles of pink-red flowers buds opening to tiny white flowers in December if the winter is mild. In southern and milder parts of Europe (zones 7 and up) it produces small blue berries by early spring.

Laurustinus is grown especially for its lustrous foliage and quite compact and regular growth in a widely pyramidal shape. Its branches are always erect. In Italy and the Netherlands it is often used for low formal hedges. In zone 6 we use it in a mixed border combined with other evergreen plants.

This viburnum can be grown in two ways: in full sun where leaves can be damaged by direct sunlight if the winter is harsh. If it happens just cut off damaged branches in the spring and it will re-sprout, usually making up the height of the previous season. Or grow it in winter shade i.e. a place with reduced or no direct sunlight in winter but some sunlight in summer where it will keep more foliage even in colder winters.

Thanks to its vitality and rapid growth many gardeners in colder zones of Europe are fond of laurustinus and treat it like a perennial which always recovers from bottom branches if cut back by bad winter. It likes fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Slightly acidic soil reaction will help the foliage keep its healthy green colour. Mulching is crucial in zones 6. Small plants should be covered by firs in winter. Fully hardy to -17°C (zone 7), but is tested hardy down to -25°C (USDA zone 6) with some top damage.

Last update 24-10-2009
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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