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Viburnum tinus 'French White' (Laurustinus 'French White')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3m
Max height
3m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Viburnum tinus 'French White'

Other names

Laurustinus 'French White'

Genus

Viburnum Viburnum

Variety or Cultivar

'French White' _ 'French White' is a vigorous, bushy, evergreen shrub with glossy, ovate, dark green leaves and, from late winter into spring, flat cymes of small, white flowers followed by blue-black fruit.


Viburnum tinus 'French White' is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Rounded

Toxicity

The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring; White in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse whitefly , Viburnum beetle Aphids , Glasshouse whitefly , Viburnum beetle

Leaf spot Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Viburnum tinus 'French White' (Laurustinus 'French White') will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acid soils in sun or shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Viburnum tinus 'French White'

Other names

Laurustinus 'French White'

Genus

Viburnum Viburnum

Variety or Cultivar

'French White' _ 'French White' is a vigorous, bushy, evergreen shrub with glossy, ovate, dark green leaves and, from late winter into spring, flat cymes of small, white flowers followed by blue-black fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Rounded

Toxicity

The fruit can cause a mild stomach upset if ingested.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse whitefly , Viburnum beetle

Specific diseases

Leaf spot

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Viburnum tinus 'French White' (Laurustinus 'French White') will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in most moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to acid soils in sun or shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Viburnum tinus 'French White' (Laurustinus 'French White')

Common pest name

Ramorum leaf blight; Ramorum shoot dieback; Rhododendron twig blight; Sudden oak death

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora ramorum

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pathogen of larch and other hosts subject to EU emergency legislation. A containment strategy is in place in the UK; reflecting its presence in wider environment/forestry settings in some areas. EU regulatory status is under review.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Viburnum tinus 'French White' (Laurustinus 'French White')

Common pest name

assam thrips; castor thrips; chilli thrips; yellow tea thrips

Scientific pest name

Scirtothrips dorsalis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

EU listed pest for citrus but highly polyphagous and intercepted on a number of hosts. EU legislation should be updated to reflect wider host list.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Viburnum tinus 'French White' (Laurustinus 'French White')

Common pest name

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Scientific pest name

Ceroplastes rubens

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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