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 tinus L.

Fully hardy, compact, bushy, evergreen shrub with oblong leaves, to 10cm long, and flattened terminal cymes, to 10cm across, of small, salverform white flowers in late winter and spring, followed by black fruit.  To 3m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

An ancient garden plant.  ‘We scarcely recollect a plant whose blossoms are so hardy as those of the Lauristinus, they brave the inclemency of our winters, and are not destroyed but in very severe seasons. The beauties of this most charming shrub can be enjoyed by those only who cultivate it at some little distance from town, the smoke of London being highly detrimental to its growth.’  [BM t.38/1788].  Introduced to Britain in 1596.  [Don].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.996/1843].


Published Jul 10, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 02:12 PM

Shown are oblong leaves and flattened terminal cymes of small, salverform white flowers. Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.38, 1788.

Viburnum tinus L. | BM t.38/1788 | BHL

Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Viburnum tinus – Laurustinus 

Confidence level high