Viburnum tinus

© A. Zec - Parc national des Calanques
© Parc national des Calanques


Viburnum tinus is a bush which flourishes in the shadow of trees. Its dense foliage is evergreen and its young branches are red. Its white flowers in small sprays are replaced by berries that become metallic blue in winter. The berries, which birds love, are poisonous for man.

Scientific name

Viburnum tinus

Where and when can you see it?

  • Natural habitats: Green oak forest, climatic pine forest
  • Flowering season: December to April

Did you know?

The spread of viburnum tinus depends mainly on birds! After having been consumed by birds the seeds within the berries resist digestion and are found in their droppings. Birds can deposit these up to several kilometers away from the plant.

Conservation stake


How can I help to protect it?

  • I keep to the trails
  • I look but I don’t touch