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.

Sambucus species unidentified

A number of ornamental species of elder were grown at this time, mostly forms of Sambucus nigra L., the Common Elder which see.  Johnson’s Dictionary lists nine.  A number of other species were also grown, with Johnson’s listing racemosa, pubens, canadensis and chinensis in addition to nigra.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

A handwritten note in an 1850 catalogue held in the Mitchell Library is the only reference.  [MP A2947A].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Mar 31, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Last updated Mar 31, 2010 - 02:57 PM

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Sambucus sp. 

Confidence level low