Is Viburnum tinus hardy in this country?

Is Viburnum tinus hardy in this country?

Badly hardy

As soon as the temperatures reach the limit of -5 ° C, things get tight. Viburnum tinus is poorly winter hardy due to its home in Mediterranean regions. In severe frost, its shoots freeze to death and its evergreen leaves are soon shed. The shoots, which are covered with flower buds and would bloom in March / April, freeze to death when temperatures drop below -5 ° C.

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Suitable for milder locations outdoors

In wine-growing regions such as Rhineland-Palatinate, Viburnum tinus can remain outside during the winter. But it is urgently necessary to place the plant in a protected place or to select such a location while planting, for example on the wall of a house or under the protection of a wall or hedge. The location should be partially shaded and warm.

Winter in cooler regions of Germany

In most regions of Germany, this snowball would not survive the winter outside unprotected. Temperatures below -5 ° C are typical and not uncommon in winter. It is therefore advisable to protect Viburnum tinus in the root area with brushwood, leaves or compost. The shoots should also be wrapped with fleece, jute or foil.

It is better to plant this plant in the tub right away so that it can be put in and overwintered in autumn:

  • Choose a bright and frost-free place
  • Temperatures between 5 and 10 ° C are ideal
  • water sparingly
  • don't worry if evergreen leaves are shed
  • put out again from February (protect with fleece in case of frost)

After winter, it will bloom

You shouldn't move your plant out too late or remove it from winter protection. As soon as the first days of spring come, the flowering period begins. The flowers give off a strong scent and are sensitive to frost.


One variety of Viburnum tinus that is considered to be very hardy is 'Exbury Form'. But it is also not made for rough locations and temperatures below -10 ° C.