Viburnum tinus L.


Sp. Pl. 267 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Evergreen shrub or small tree to c. 4 m high; stems slightly hairy or glabrous. Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, mostly 5–9 cm long and 1.5–4 cm wide, apex acute or obtuse, base often asymmetric, margins recurved to revolute, upper surface glossy dark green and glabrous, lower surface paler with hairs on veins; petioles 1–2 cm long. Inflorescences corymb-like, 5–8 cm diam., much-branched, axes often with simple and stellate hairs; bracts lanceolate to ovate, 1–2 mm long. Sepals broadly triangular, 1–2 mm long, ciliate; petals 3–4 mm long, connate to just below middle, white, sometimes tinged pink. Drupe ovoid, 5–10 mm long, metallic blue-black. Flowers mainly spring.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF. Also possibly naturalised SA, ACT, Tas. Native to southern Europe. Weakly naturalised at a number of localities, usually in moist to wet forests adjoining gardens, presumably from seed deposited by birds that feed on the fleshy drupes.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Caprifoliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Dipsacales
genus Viburnum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Viburnum tinus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Viburnum tinus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory