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.

Jasminum nudiflorum Lindl.

Half-hardy, slender deciduous shrub with arching shoots bearing solitary, salverform, bright yellow flowers in winter/spring, before the leaves.  To 3m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘One of the most interesting discoveries in China of Mr. Fortune on his first visit to that country, though not then a new discovery; for, according to Dr. Lindley, it had been distributed in a dried state from the Imperial Russian Chinese Herbarium under the erroneous name of J. angulare, a species from the Cape of Good hope, with white flowers growing on the peduncles in threes.’  [BM t.4649/1852].

‘This beautiful Jasmine is certainly a great acquisition into the flower garden, insomuch as it produces its cheerful, bright yellow flowers during autumn and winter. It is also useful for cutting, and [will] last in water a long time’.  [Gard. Chron 1853].  According to Hilliers’ Manual introduced by Robert Fortune in 1844.  Fortune wrote: ‘this species was first discovered in gardens and nurseries in the North of China, particularly about Shanghai, Soochow, and Nanking.’  OFG f.52/1853.  BR f.48/1846.  FC p.194/1852. FS f.762/1852.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.599/1857].


Published Jan 20, 2010 - 11:32 AM | Last updated Jan 20, 2010 - 11:38 AM

Figured is a bare stem covered in yellow flowers + shoot with small pinnate leaves.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.4649, 1852.

Jasminum nudiflorum Lindl. | BM t.4649/1852 | BHL

Family Oleaceae
Region of origin


Common Name

Winter jasmine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Jasminum nudiflorum 

Confidence level high