• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Viburnum tinus 'Purpureum'

laurustinus 'Purpureum'

  • Other common names laurustinus 'Purpureum'

  • Family Adoxaceae

  • Genus Viburnum can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs with opposite, simple or palmately lobed leaves and clusters of small, often fragrant white or pink flowers, followed by red, blue or black berries

  • Details

    V. tinus 'Purpureum' is a large, evergreen shrub to 3m with dark green leaves. New growth is tinted bronzy-purple. Clusters of small, white flowers, often pink-tinged in bud, are produced over a long period in late winter and spring, followed by blue-black berries

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if eaten

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Full Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 2.5-4 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grows well in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soils. Protect from cold, drying winds

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Aphids, viburnum whitefly and viburnum beetle may be a problem

Diseases May be subject to a leaf spot (see leaf damage on woody plants)

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