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Virburnam tinus or opulus

im currently purchasing a few evergreen plants for a partial shade border and have come across virburnam. 

Would this be a good addition to a large evergreen border and which would be the better option tinus or opulus (Am tempted to purchase both)




  • V. opulus is not evergreen, though it does have good autumn berries (there are red and yellow berried forms), so if you want evergreen Tinus it isimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,160

    If you want evergreen, V. tinus is the one. V. opulus is deciduous.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • As said above tinus is evergreen and I think it is a great plant, however it is the one most prone to viburnum beetle. My plant was thoroughly enjoyed by them last year!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,160

    Yes, the beetle is the downside of tinus.

    How about Choisya ternata, does well in a bit of shade, nice shiny leaves, no beetles, often flowers twice a year.

    If the border is really large you could go for Viburnum rhytidophyllum. That's pretty big and evergreen, interesting crinkly leaves

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849

    Sorry to jump in Newbee3 but I too would like to own a Viburnum but was worried about V. beetle (my neighbour's bush gets it really bad every year! )  Is there any way of avoiding this please?  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,160

    I don't think so Meomye unless you're a big chemical user and willing to kill everything else as well.

    V. tinus isn't much anyway. a dark green blob most of the year and worse if the beetles turn up. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    I bought a V Opulous last year, sorry jumping on this thread.  Being a new shrub, it has two main stems currently.  Should I leave it to shoot out to a wider shrub on its own, or should I be pruning those two stems to create a denser shrub? I keep buying these new small shrubs, and then never know what to do with them.  Part of the learning curve I guess...image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,160

    Hi Peanuts, I'd cut back a bit if you want it bushy.

    Tertley, does Sundance stay yellow in the shade? I've seen it burned in the sun but never seen one in the shade. I haven't got one, never been sure about yellow leafed shrubs though I like Euonymous 'Emerald and Gold'

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,160

    Not for me then Tetleyimage However much shelter planting I do here we still have a howling gale

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Damn didn't know beetles enjoyed viburnum, pesky little buggers

    Thanks for the messages everyone much appreciated image
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