Viburnum tinus L.


Dense evergreen shrub 3-4 m tall. Leaves entire, narrowly ovate, 4-10 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, dark green, hairless except for tufts of hair in vein axils below, usually with characteristic whitening due to leaf-sucking insects. Flowers in white, flat-topped clusters 5-10 cm wide, individual flowers about 6 mm wide; winter. Fruits ovoid, about 6 mm long, dark blue becoming black.

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V. cylindricum D. Don is similar but has leaves slightly toothed at the tip, while V. suspensum Lindl. has an exceptionally long corolla tube,more than twice as long as the lobes.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Caprifoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Viburnum tinus 'Gwenllian'

Tall shrub with dull, relatively small leaves. Flowers dark pink at first, fading to pale pink. Fruits prolific.

Selected by Sydney Pearce at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.

Viburnum tinus 'Lucidum'

Leaves extremely glossy. Flower heads large and open.

Viburnum tinus 'Variegatum'

Leaves with cream and yellow variegated marbling.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Dipsacales
family       Caprifoliaceae
genus        Viburnum L.