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Viburnum tinus

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General characteristics of the viburnum tinus

The viburnum tinus is a typical plant of the south-eastern area of ​​Europe, has a shrubby bearing and an expanded and soft crown. It prefers drained and fresh soils. Its fruits are blue ovoid shaped berries. The name has ancient and precisely Latin origins. In fact, it derives from the word viere, a verb that means "to make an interweaving", and from vovorna, that is "from wild areas". The name therefore refers to the peculiarities proposed by this widespread plant, which has extremely flexible, yet particularly resistant branches. In ancient times, in fact, the branches were used as a whip.

Let's say right away that it is a plant with more complex characteristics than one might think, since in nature there are as many as 120 variations, moreover deriving from cultivations and selections carried out in different countries of the world.

It is preferably planted at the beginning of the spring phase or in the autumn.

This plant belongs to the Caprifoliaceae family, Dipsacales order, Magnoliopsida class, and can be placed in the general category of shrubs.

It also produces fruits in abundance, which are not a little ornamental, also because they bloom in winter, thus being more noticed. They are blue or purple berries, which are very tasty for birds. The presence of this plant in a garden in fact ensures the typical coming and going of birds in search of delicious food to feed their young.viburnum tinus "width =" 745 "height =" 657 "longdesc =" / garden / garden-plants / viburnum-tinus.asp ">


Quality and characteristics of this evergreen shrub

Between 3 and 4 meters high, the viburnum it has an average diameter between 2.5 and 4 meters. Its flowers are white in color, but turn pink when they are still in bud. They look like small ivory white laces and are very fragrant. The plant blooms in the period from November to May. It prefers a temperate climate, but in fact it has shown that it can adapt to even the most rigid climates.

It offers the advantage of not requiring maintenance with the classic pruning operations, as it can also grow in free form, without contraindications for the health of the plant itself.

It is branched from the base. The bark is wrinkled and slightly angular.

The younger parts of the stem have abundant hair. The leaves have a leathery consistency. Among the variants, the species called "Eve price" and "Variegatum" must be mentioned.

Fertilization is an operation to be done only in the first planting period and it is therefore not necessary to repeat it cyclically, as happens for other plants that require greater care because they are more delicate.

This plant rarely gets sick, as it is particularly resistant to bad weather. It survives easily even in shaded areas, although it blooms less in these cases.

It can also be kept in the flowerbed or on the balcony. On the contrary, it is very suitable for the formation of covering hedges for lands and gardens.

Its leaves are dark green in color.

It is essential to specify that its fruits are toxic. In fact, they contain a harmful substance, viburnin. The bark, on the other hand, has starches, sucrose, fatty oils and dextrins and is therefore used for pharmacological purposes.

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