Erica arborea L.
Tall shrub or small tree, leaves in whorls of 3, fragrant, bell-shaped, grayish-white flowers are borne in profuse panicles towards the end of lateral branches in spring. To 6m. [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers'].
Horticultural & Botanical History
Introduced to Britain in 1658. [JD].
History at Camden Park
Erica arborea is marked with a ‘c’ in an 1836 edition of Loddiges’ catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA]. In William Macarthur’s code, used and explained elsewhere, this means grown at Camden. It is almost certain that it was grown in the gardens around this time but may have been short lived as it did not appear in the catalogues.
Erica arborea Brot. = Erica lusitanica Rudolphi
Erica arborea Thunb. = Erica strigosa Soland.
Published Jan 10, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Last updated Mar 30, 2010 - 04:58 PM