Ellen Zagory

Durable Delight: Spirit viburnum (Viburnum tinus “Spirit”) is a good-looking compact evergreen shrub with lots of little light pink flowers in late winter and early spring. It adds color and interest to the winter water-wise garden with little care. That’s why it’s a UC Davis Durable Delight.

Durable Delights: Spirit viburnum

Published: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:52 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can’t-fail, easy-care plants well adapted to our region.

Spirit viburnum

Viburnum tinus ‘Spirit’

Size: Under 3 feet

Bloom season: Late winter, spring

Pruning needs: Little or none; prune to shape and keep compact.

Water needs: After established, water deeply once a week.

Snapshot: Also called “laurustinus,” this handsome and long-lived evergreen shrub is one of the best — and toughest — candidates for creating garden screens or hedges. With good-looking dark green foliage year round, Spirit pumps out loads of tiny light pink flowers in later winter. The blooms are followed by abundant dark blue berries. This new dwarf variety fits perfectly in urban or suburban landscapes. Instead of growing more than 6 feet tall, Spirit stays very compact – just 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. You can see specimens in the arboretum’s Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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