Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Chilianthus oleaceus Burch.

Frost tender shrub or small tree with entire, lance-shaped leaves, to 10cm long, and terminal or axillary, rounded pannicles of small, heavily scented yellowish-white, flowers.  To 9m.  [RHSD, Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1816.  [JD].  Jacq. Sch. pl.29/1797-04.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.186/1843].  A large specimen survives in the gardens.


Buddleja salicifolia Vahl (1794) = Buddleja thyrsoides Lam.

Published Feb 28, 2010 - 10:25 AM | Last updated Feb 28, 2010 - 10:35 AM

Figured is a branch with opposite lance-shaped leaves and terminal panicle of small white flowers.  Jacquin Sch. pl.29, 1797-04.

Chilianthus oleaceus Burch. | Jacq. Sch. pl.29/1797-04 | BHL

Family Buddlejaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Buddleja saligna Willd.
  • Buddleja salicifolia Jacq.
  • Chilianthus arboreus Benth.
Common Name

Olive buddleja, Bastard olive

Name in the Camden Park Record

Buddlea salicifolia 

Confidence level high