Laurustinus

Viburnum tinus
Adoxaceae, Moschatel Family
laurustinus shrub
laurustinus shrub
I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir [laurustinus] and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Isaiah 41:19-20
The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the juniper, the fir [laurustinus] and the cypress together, to adorn my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place for my feet.
Isaiah 60:13

Cultural Information

TypeOrnamental Shrub
Height6 to 10 feet
Soilvariety of soils, keep moist and well-drained
Exposurefull sun to part shade
Leavesoblong, smooth, dark evergreen
Flowersabundant, pinkish-white, fragrant flowers in clusters or mini-bouquets, blooming in early spring
Fruitmidnight blue, non-edible berries in clusters

Planting Tips

  • zone 7 or warmer
  • plant in multiples for a lovely, blooming evergreen hedge
  • makes attractive showpiece in single planting, trim away lower branches for tree-like habit
  • good for planting in pots on the patio

Garden to Table

  • enjoy blossoms in homegrown bouquets in the springtime an fill the house with honey-sweet fragrance
  • evergreen branches always a compliment to the garden's more showy flowers
  • use berries as unique elements in fall vases
  • adored by bridal florists for its dependable, fresh look to bouquets and boutineres

Additional Resources

See Blog Posts on Laurustinus
According to [Michael] Zohary’s theory...the tall trees of juniper, fir and cypress will be gathered together with the evergreen, broad-leafed understory of laurustinus to reflect the everlasting glory of the Lord (Isaiah 41:19; 60:13).
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the juniper, the fir [laurustinus] and the cypress together, to adorn my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place for my feet.
Isaiah 60:13

Photo Credits

© Maurizior75 | Dreamstime.com - The small and beautiful flowers of Viburnum tinus. March 2014
© 2014 Shelley S. Cramm Laurustinus shrub, bringing God's glory in the evergreens to a home garden Isaiah 60:13
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