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 opulus L.

Fully hardy, vigorous, bushy, deciduous shrub with maple-like, usually 3-lobed leaves, to 10cm long, turning red in autumn, and flat, lace-cap-like, terminal cymes, to 8cm across, of tubular white flowers, surrounded by flat, white, ray-florets, in spring and summer followed by red berries.  To 5m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

An ancient garden plant which grows particularly well in wet or boggy situations.  Don.  Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.175/1825.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.993/1850].  A desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery, 6th January 1845 is the first record.


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

Figured are maple-like leaves and terminal bunches of bright red berries.  Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.175, 1825.

Viburnum opulus L. | Saint-Hilaire Tr. pl.175/1825 | BHL

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

Europe, North Africa, Central Asia

Common Name

Guilder rose, Water elder, European cranberry bush

Name in the Camden Park Record

Viburnum opulum 

Confidence level high