How to Grow Viburnum Tinus Spring Bouquet - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Viburnum tinus spring bouquet is a shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall. It has dark green, glossy leaves and Cluster of small, white, five-lobed flowers that appear in late winter or early spring. The flowers are followed by dark blue berries. This shrub is native to southern Europe and North Africa.

How to Grow Viburnum Tinus Spring Bouquet - Plant Care & Tips

Popular name

  • viburnum
  • laurustinus
  • guelder rose
  • snowball bush
  • wayfaring tree

Basic info

  • Viburnum tinus is an evergreen shrub.
  • It is native to the Mediterranean region.
  • It has dark green leaves and clusters of white flowers.
  • It blooms from December to April.
  • The flowers are followed by black berries.
  • Viburnum tinus is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant.
  • It is tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions.
  • It is susceptible to a number of pests and diseases.
  • It is a source of nectar for bees and other pollinators.
  • The berries are poisonous to humans but enjoyed by birds.

Related plant:
Viburnum Opulus Compactum

Planting Process

  1. For viburnum tinus spring bouquet, first step is always to grow from seed. It happens to be best to buy seed packets with instructions for optimum care.
  2. Plant your seeds about one to two inches deep in loose, well-drained soil.
  3. Water your newly planted seeds regularly so that they don't dry out.
  4. Be sure to keep an eye on your viburnum tinus spring bouquet seeds, because they can sometimes be a little slow to germinate.
  5. Once your seedlings have reached a few inches tall, you can begin transplanting them into larger pots or into your garden.
  6. When transplanting, be sure to dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball of your seedling.
  7. Gently loosen the roots of your seedlings before placing them into their new home.
  8. Once transplanted, water your viburnum tinus spring bouquet seedlings well.
  9. Fertilize your young plants every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  10. Lastly, enjoy your beautiful blooms!

Related plant:
Snowball Viburnum Hedge

Soil Condition

About soil condition, Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet' prefers moist, humus-rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates a wide range of soils including clay, sand, and loam as long as the soil is not allowed to dry out. It can also grow in semi-shade or full sun.

Light condition

Just like other viburnum, the viburnum tinus spring bouquet requires full sun to partial shade. It grows best in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. However, it can also tolerate some shade, especially in the heat of the summer.

The Temperature

The temperature this spring is perfect for growing viburnum tinus. The days are warm and the nights are cool, which is ideal for this plant. The soil is also moist, which is another condition that viburnum tinus needs for growth.

Humidity Requirement

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is around 50%. If the humidity drops below 40%, the leaves may start to turn brown and fall off. If the humidity gets too high, the leaves may start to drop as well.

The Fertilizer

The fertilizer, this family of plant is known to be heavy feeder. A good rule of thumb is to add 1 cup of fertilizer per plant, per square yard of area around the plant. Be sure to use a fertilizer that has a high phosphorus content, such as a 10-52-10. This will encourage strong root growth.

Light requirement

Pruning is an important part of keeping your viburnum tinus spring bouquet looking its best. The best time to prune is in early spring, before new growth begins. You can prune away any dead or damaged branches, as well as any branches that are crossing or rubbing together. If you need to reduce the size of your plant, you can do so by pruning back the longest branches.

Plant Propagation

Propagation is best done by softwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. Cuttings should be 4-6 inches long and taken from current season's growth. Remove the lower leaves and insert the cuttings into a well-drained propagating mix. Keep the soil moist but not wet and place in a warm, bright location out of direct sunlight. Rooting should occur within 4-6 weeks. Once rooted, pot the cuttings up into individual pots and grow on until large enough to plant out in their permanent positions.

Growth Speed

Usually, the plant growth rate is about 1 to 2 feet per year. However, under ideal conditions, some plant species have been known to grow 3 feet or more in a year. The size and health of the plant, as well as the amount of sunlight and water it receives, all play a role in its growth rate.

Common Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are aphids, leaf spot, and sooty mold. These problems are usually caused by too much water or not enough light. Aphids can be controlled by spraying the plant with water or using an insecticide. Leaf spot can be controlled by removing affected leaves and using a fungicide. Sooty mold can be controlled by pruning affected branches and using a fungicide.

List to Know

  • Make sure to plant your viburnum tinus in a location that receives full sun to partial shade.
  • Viburnum tinus prefer well-drained, moist soils.
  • Amend the planting area with organic matter prior to planting.
  • Space plants 3-4 feet apart.
  • Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
  • Fertilize in the spring with a slow-release fertilizer formulated for shrubs.
  • Prune as needed to shape and maintain plant size and form.
  • Viburnum tinus are generally pest and disease free.
  • Enjoy the beautiful spring flowers!


  • Viburnum perennial, Viburnum lantana
  • Viburnum fragrans fragrans, Fragrant Viburnum
  • Viburnum trilobum trilobum, American Cranberrybush
  • Viburnum tomentosum tomentosum, Arrowwood
  • Viburnum plicatum tomentosum, Doublefile Viburnum
  • Viburnum trilobum trilobum, Cramp Bark
  • Viburnum opulus opulus, Guelder Rose
  • Viburnum lantana lantana, Wayfaring Tree
  • Viburnum tinus tinus, Eve's Necklace

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