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plant of the week VIBURNUM TINUS.

A very common plant because it is so easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of conditions. But this should not detract from its attractiveness - it's a dense, bushy evergreen shrub which also responds well to topiary.

What caught my eye - or actually my nose - was the fragrance wafting from the small white flowers. Many viburnums have delicious smells, Viburnum farreri being one of the most intense. Viburnum tinus will flower for many more months, but watch out for the viburnum beetle - this was the number one pest problem last year, according to the RHS.

Check for signs of damage in spring and take action with sprays, chemical or organic.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2011
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