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 rigidum Vent.

Half hardy evergreen shrub of open habit, with oval leaves, to 15cm long, and flattened corymbs of white flowers in early spring, followed by blue to black fruits.  To 3m.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Viburnum rugosum is a more robust growing plant than any of the true varieties of Tinus, and has larger, harsher, and more hairy leaves.  It is also more tender, and is usually and we believe properly, treated as a greenhouse shrub.  The flowers are white both within and without, but the stigma being of a bright rose colour give them a lively appearance.  Native of the Canaries.  Introduced by Mr. Masson in 1778.’  [BM t.2082/1819].  BR f.376/1819.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.995/1843].  Received per ‘Sovereign’ February 1831.  [ML A2948].


Published Jul 10, 2009 - 04:20 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 02:12 PM

Figured are the oval leaves and flattened corymbs of white flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2082, 1819.

Viburnum rigidum Vent. | BM t.2082/1819 | BHL

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

Canary Islands

  • Viburnum rugosum Pers.
Common Name

Canary laurustinus

Name in the Camden Park Record

Viburnum rugosum 

Confidence level high