Viburnum tinus
Common name: 
vi-BER-num Ti-nus
Adoxaceae, Caprifoliaceae
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Evergreen shrub, 6-12 ft (1.8-3.7 m), upright, rounded.  Leaves opposite, simple, narrowly ovate to oblong, 4-10 cm long, entire, lustrous dark green above, paler beneath, line on stem connecting petioles.  Flowers pink in bud, open white, in clusters 5-10 cm across, blooms in late winter.  Fruit metallic blue, matures to black, ovoid, 6 mm long.
  • Sun to part shade.  Withstand considerable shade and salt spray.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (7-8)9 (see 'cold injury' image)       Native to southern Europe, especially the Mediterranean region and northern Africa.  It has been in cultivation in England for some 500 years.
  • Some of the cultivars include:
    • ‘Bewley's Variegated’  -  has green leaves with cream-yellow edging, grows to 5 ft (1.5 m).
    • ‘Spring Bouquet’  (‘Compactum’, ‘Compact Spring Bouquet’)  -  a popular cultivar, grows to 3-5 ft tall (0.9-1.5 m) with an equal spread.
    • ‘Robustum’  -  (Roundleaf Laurustinus)  grows as large as the species, has larger leaves (10 cm) and pink flowers.
  • Corvallis: hedge between the Corvallis Library parking lot and Jackson Ave.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: southeast and southwest of Ag. and Life Sciences.
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