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.

Viburnum obovatum Walt.

Fully hardy, semi-evergreen shrub with shiny, glossy, ovate leaves, nearly entire, and cymes of white flowers in spring.  To 2.4m.  [Hortus, Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A native of South Carolina and Georgia, growing along the margins of rivers; common about the termination of tidal waters.’  [LBC no.1476/1830].  Introduced to Britain in 1812.  The variety punicifolium is also listed.  [PD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.991/1843].


Viburnum obovatum Ruiz & Pav. ex Oerst. (1860) is a Peruvian species.

Published Jul 09, 2009 - 05:09 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 02:12 PM

Illustrated are glossy, ovate leaves, nearly entire, and cymes of white flowers.  Loddiges Botanical Cabinet no.1476, 1830.

Viburnum obovatum Walt. | LBC no.1476/1830 | RBGS

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

North America

  • Viburnum laevigatum Ait.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Viburnum obovatum 

Confidence level high