Notice

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.

Plants with industrial uses

Sapium sebiferum (L.) Roxb.

Half hardy small tree, similar to a Poplar, with pointed, ovate leaves, often turning brilliant red in autumn, and slender racemes of greenish-yellow flowers. The waxy coat of the seeds is used to make candles in China.  To 12m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Thespesia populnea (L.) Correa

Tender tree with heart-shaped leaves, flowers yellow with a purple centre at first, becoming all purple within a day.  To 12m or more.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Ulmus procera Salisb.

Fully hardy, large, broadly upright, deciduous tree with ovate, toothed leaves, to 10cm long, turning yellow in autumn, and tiny red flowers in spring, followed by winged green fruit, to 1.5cm across, rarely produced.  It spreads mainly through suckers.  To 40m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers'].

Viola odorata L.

Fully-hardy rhizomatous, semi-evergreen perennial with sweetly scented white or blue flowers in late winter and early spring.  Self-seeds readily.  Excellent for a wild garden.  There are numerous garden cultivars.  To 20cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

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