Common Name: Spring Bouquet Laurustinus
Origin/Ecology: Cultivar of V. tinus, native to Mediterranean area of Europe and North Africa
Habit: Shrub reaching 2-7 m tall and 3 m broad with dense, rounded crown.
Leaves: Evergreen, persisting 2-3 years, ovate to elliptic, 4-10 cm long, 2-4 cm broad, entire margin.
Leaf Arrangement: opposite
Flowers and Fruit: Small flowers, white or light pink, from reddish-pink buds in dense cymes 5-10 cm diameter in winter. Fragrant and pentamerous, blooming October to June. Pollinated by insects. Fruit is dark blue-black drupe 5-7 mm long.
Water Use, Soil: Average water needs.
Exposure: Sun to part shade.
Landscape Uses: Hedge, screen, specimen, small tree, winter interest.
Limitations: Susceptible to viburnum beetle.
Other Features: Smells weird on warm summer days.