How to Grow Viburnum Tinus Spirit - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Viburnum tinus spirit is an evergreen shrub with a dense, rounded habit. It is smothered in mid-spring with clusters of small, white, tubular flowers, which are followed by black fruits. The glossy, dark green leaves provide year-round interest.

How to Grow Viburnum Tinus Spirit - Plant Care & Tips

Alternative name

  • wayfaringtree
  • laurustinus
  • guelderrose
  • snowball tree
  • European cranberrybush

Things to Know

  • Viburnum tinus spirit is a shrub that grows in the Mediterranean region.
  • It has dark green, glossy leaves and white flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.
  • The berries of the viburnum tinus are poisonous to humans but are attractive to birds.
  • Viburnum tinus is used as an ornamental plant in gardens and as a hedge.
  • It is also used in herbal medicine to treat various ailments such as colds and flu.
  • Viburnum tinus spirit is said to have protective qualities and is used in magic and rituals.
  • It is also used in the production of liqueurs and perfumes.
  • Viburnum tinus spirit is flammable and should be kept away from heat and open flames.
  • It should be stored in a cool, dark place.
  • Viburnum tinus spirit has a sweet, earthy smell and a bitter taste.

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Viburnum Opulus Compactum

Planting Process

  1. For viburnum tinus spirit, first step is the preparation of a planting hole.
  2. The planting hole should be double the size of the roots ball of the plant.
  3. Add some organic matter or compost in the planting hole.
  4. Place the plant in the planting hole.
  5. Backfill the planting hole with the soil.
  6. Water the plant thoroughly.
  7. Apply mulch around the plant.
  8. Prune the plant to encourage new growth.
  9. Fertilize the plant once a year with a balanced fertilizer.
  10. Check the plant regularly for pests and diseases.

Related plant:
Viburnum Charles Lamont

The Soil

About soil condition, (viburnum tinus spirit) prefers rich, humusy, well-drained soils, but it is quite tolerant of poorer soils and clay soils as long as they are not too alkaline. It also tolerates full sun to part shade.

Light condition

Similar to other viburnums, the Viburnum Tinus Spirit can tolerate almost any sun exposure except for the hot afternoon sun. It prefers full sun in the morning and partial shade in the afternoon. If you live in a hot climate, it's best to keep this shrub in partial shade all day long.

Ideal Temperature

The temperature conditions that are required for the growth of the Viburnum tinus spirit are moderate to warm conditions. The plant grows best in moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and can tolerate some drought. The plant can also tolerate some cold and can be found growing in USDA hardiness zones 6-9.

Humidity Aspect

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is 50%. If the humidity is too high, the leaves will start to droop and the plant will become lethargic. If the humidity is too low, the leaves will start to turn brown and crispy.

The Fertilizer

Regarding fertilizer, this type of plant does best with a slow-release fertilizer that is high in phosphorus. For example, a 9-9-6 fertilizer can be used. As for the roots, it is important to make sure that the root ball is not too large for the pot. If it is, the plant will be less likely to thrive. Also, make sure to water the plant regularly, as it is susceptible to root rot.

Light requirement

Pruning is an important part of maintaining a healthy viburnum tinus spirit plant. pruning helps to encourage new growth, remove dead or dying branches, and shape the plant. when pruning, be sure to use sharp, clean tools and make clean cuts. avoid pruning too much at one time, as this can shock the plant.

The Propagation

Propagation of viburnum tinus spirit is best done through softwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. The cuttings should be about 6 inches long and should be taken from young, healthy growth. Place the cuttings in a planting mix of equal parts sand and peat moss and water well. Keep the planting mix moist but not wet and in a few weeks the cuttings should have rooted. Once the roots are well-established, transplant the new plants into pots or the garden.

Plant Growth

Usually, the plant growth rate research indicates that this plant species has a very fast growth rate. However, some studies have found that the growth rate of viburnum tinus spirit can be quite variable depending on the growing conditions. In general, viburnum tinus spirit has a tendency to grow rapidly when conditions are favorable. However, if growing conditions are not ideal, the plant's growth rate may be significantly slowed. Overall, though, viburnum tinus spirit is considered to be a fast-growing plant species.

Common Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are usually dieback, canker and leaf spot. Dieback is often caused by too much water or fertilizer, while canker is usually the result of too little water. Leaf spot is usually caused by too much sun or wind. If you see any of these problems, you should adjust your watering and fertilizing accordingly.

List to Know

  • If you are growing viburnum tinus spirit plant indoors, make sure to provide bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Keep the plant’s soil evenly moist, but not soggy.
  • Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering.
  • Fertilize monthly using a general-purpose fertilizer.
  • To encourage blooming, pinch back the tips of the plant’s stems.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional blooming.
  • When the plant becomes too large for its pot, repot into a larger container.
  • Outdoors, plant viburnum tinus spirit in an area with well-drained soil.
  • Provide afternoon shade in hot, sunny climates.
  • Protect the plant from strong winds.

Related Plants

  • Viburnum roseum is closely related to V. Tinus and its use is similar, including in the perfume industry.
  • Viburnum cassinoides, also known as hobblebush or highbush cranberry, is closely related to V. opulus and V. trilobum, having similar range and habitat preferences, and shares with them the common name of highbush cranberry.
  • Viburnum lantana, the wayfaring-tree viburnum, is closely related to V. lantana and V. pilosulum and their uses are similar.
  • Viburnum alnifolium, also known as hobblebush or highbush cranberry, is closely related to V. opulus and V. trilobum, having similar range and habitat preferences, and shares with them the common name of highbush cranberry.
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