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Vibernum tinus trees

  • Vibernum tinus trees
  • Vibernum tinus trees
  • Vibernum tinus trees

Hi everyone. I'm new on this site and wish i'd found you earlier. I purchased 4 Vibernum tinus 'Eve Price' lollipop trees at the end of last year but now all the lush green and flower buds have died away, the leaves are brown and the trees are now looking very scarce. I've done everything to look after them, pruned them, lots of water and fed but they are just very much beginning to look like twigs on a stick. These plants were extremely expensive and I'm incredibly upset about what is happening to them. Is there any advice you can give me? is it even possible to return these to the centre i purchased them from? Thank you in advance.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Demi,

    Yes, I would certainly recommend that you return them to the garden centre: nearly all of them offer a 5-year guarantee. You will need to take back the plant, including the roots, and the receipt, so you might want to take photos on your phone, then visit the centre and talk to the manager about it before physically returning them: they look a bit big to casually pop in a bag!

    They should either replace them or give you a refund.

  2. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Viburnum Tinus is a shrub not a tree, they are a winter feature and do not look so good in summer. Have these been pruned to look like a standard tree and is this your work or how they were purchased?
    They require good drainage and are best in semi shade, cut out the dead wood and leaves and see if they send new shoots from the base. They will take as much water as you can give them, do not let them dry out, this will show a browning of the leaves and eventual drop.
    They are very resilient and may recover well but are base shrubs and not good as a standard tree.
    Very popular here in Lincolnshire as a hedging plant on heavy loam soil.
    No point in lifting evergreen shrubs in spring or summer even to return, best report your complaint to supplier for inspection in situ.
    Hope this helps, love my viburnums

  3. Grower


    First stop ask the garden centre, definitely. As Jim says they are better in winter and you'd expect a little die-back around now but even so you'd expect these to look more healthy throughout the summer months. Viburnum like acidic soil, so if they're in pots it might be worth repotting with fresh ericaceous compost and checking that it's not too free-draining then top-dress with grit/gravel to stop them drying out too fast (particularly if they're in full sun or an exposed, windy position). If they're in the ground you could feed with an aluminium sulphate and mulch heavily to stop the soil becoming too dry around the roots.

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