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.

Rhamnus alaternus L.

Frost hardy, erect to spreading, evergreen shrub with oblong, glossy leaves, to 7cm long, and axillary clusters of yellow-green flowers in spring and summer, followed by red fruit, ripening to black.  To 5m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1629.  [JD].  Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.115/1825.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.819/1843].


Published Feb 28, 2010 - 01:03 PM | Last updated Feb 28, 2010 - 01:07 PM

Figured are oblong leaves, small yellow-green flowers and red berries.  Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.115, 1825.

Rhamnus alaternus L. | Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.115/1825 | BHL

Family Rhamnaceae
Region of origin

Mediterranean to Ukraine

Common Name

Italian buckthorn

Name in the Camden Park Record

Rhamnus alaternis - common Alaternus 

Confidence level high