Viburnum tinus

Viburnum tinus: origin of the name and general characteristics

The name of this plant has very ancient origins, in fact it even derives from the Latin, from the word Viere, a verb whose meaning is to create a weave, and from the word Vovorna which, on the other hand, means wild areas. The name therefore originates from the possibility of making ropes by intertwining the stems of this plant, as they are very resistant, but at the same time flexible and soft. One of the uses, in fact, was to make whips. The general characteristics of this plant are not at all simple, especially since there are more than one hundred variants widespread in nature. Viburnum tinus is placed in the general category of shrubs; in addition it also produces numerous fruits in the winter period,

The viburnum tinusit belongs to the class of shrubs, but has a variable height between three and four meters. It produces pink buds which when they sprout release very fragrant small white flowers. The flowering period is between November and May. The preferred climate is temperate, but it has been shown that it is able to easily adapt to the rigidity of colder climates. As for the pruning and maintenance operations, these are particularly simple and do not require high frequency, moreover no more fertilizations are necessary as happens for many species of plants. The high adaptability, acclimatization and resistance to bad weather mean that he does not get sick frequently. It is good to know that its fruits are poisonous to man,

Viburnum tinus and methods of propagation

The ideal soil for this type of plant must be particularly fresh, but above all well drained; in Italy most of the lands are in this way and in fact the viburnum tinus grows wild in several areas of the peninsula. Although it needs plenty of water and constant coolness, it is able to adapt very well even in situations of dangerous drought that can occur during the summer period. The Viburnum tinus, in fact, is able to survive easily both at excessively low temperatures such as minus 8-10 degrees and at decidedly hot temperatures such as plus 20 degrees. To carry out the propagation it is necessary to create cuttings starting from the shoots placed on the sides of the plant. Each cutting must have a length of at least 10 centimeters; later they must be planted in a particular mixture consisting of sand and peat at a temperature of 16 degrees. The perfect time to do this is between June and July.

The maintenance of the viburnum tinus

The maintenance of viburnum tinus is not particularly complicated and can be carried out even by those who are beginners and do not have the so-called green thumb.It is possible to define it, in fact, as a naturally tidy plant that does not need constant care or maintenance frequent and obsessive. Growth times are not a little slow, and therefore also for this reason repeated interventions are not necessary; once developed, it is possible to reduce even more maintenance operations. Although it prefers well-drained and fresh soils, it is able to adapt to numerous types of soils, without any problem.Maintenance interventions, being very simple, are limited to moderate pruning with which you will mostly remove the dry leaves and old or shabby twigs.

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