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.


A division of the Camden Park catalogues that is not clearly defined. All plants producing edible fruits are included but most are trees. Fruit will be progressively added to the Hortus.

Diospyros lotus L.

Fully hardy, spreading deciduous tree with lance-shaped leaves, to 12cm long, and tiny, bell-shaped, red-tinged green flowers in summer, followed by inedible, spherical to ovoid, yellow to purple fruit, to 2cm across, on female plants.  To 10m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Dovyalis caffra Warb.

Spiny shrub or small tree with glossy, oblong-ovate leaves and inconspicuous green or yellow flowers, followed by edible spherical fruits, to 4cm in diameter, with an apricot odour. To 6m. [RHSD, Hortus].

Ehretia tinifolia L.

Frost hardy tree with elliptic leaves, to 17cm, and terminal panicles, to 15cm across, of fragrant, tubular white flowers, followed by orange-yellow fruits.  To 25m.  [RHSD].

Eriobotrya japonica (Thunb.) Lindl.

Frost-hardy, vigorous, spreading shrub or tree with large lance-shaped, strongly veined leaves, to 30cm long, and large panicles of fragrant white flowers from autumn to winter, followed in spring by edible orange-yellow fruit to 4cm across.  To 8m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Eugenia jambos L.

Tree with lance-shaped leaves and terminal clusters of white flowers followed by ovoid, yellowish-white, fragrant fruit, used in confectionary.  To 10m. [RHSD, Hortus].

Eugenia uniflora L.

Frost-tender shrub or small tree with ovate-lance-shaped leaves, to 10cm, and solitary, fragrant white flowers, usually at the base of young shoots, followed by edible red to black fruits, 3cm across.  To 7m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Ficus carica ‘Black Ischia’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. Medium sized, turbinate, flat at the top. Skin deep purple, almost black when ripe. Flesh deep red, sweet, and luscious. Tree hardy, and an excellent bearer; succeeds well in pots. August. [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.73/1860].



Ficus carica ‘Brown from Provence’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. There are a number of figs describe as brown, usually with a specific epithet such as ‘Naples’ or ‘Malta’, but not ‘Provence’, ‘Marseille’ or similar as far as I can ascertain.

Ficus carica ‘Brunswick’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. ‘Very large and pyriform, oblique at the apex, which is very much depressed. Skin greenish yellow in the shade; violet brown on the other side. Flesh yellow under the skin, tinged with red towards the centre. Very rich and excellent. Middle of August. The tree is very hardy and an excellent bearer, and certainly the best for out-door cultivation against walls.’ [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.74/1860].



Ficus carica ‘Figue Verte’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. I have found no description of ‘Figue Verte’. Probably John Macarthur’s ‘green, white within’ variety.



Ficus carica ‘Green Ischia’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. ‘Fruit oblong, somewhat globular at the apex. Skin very thin, green; but when fully ripe, it is stained through by the pulp to a brownish cast: the inside is purple, and will stain linen or paper. Pulp high flavoured, especially in warm seasons. Ripe towards the end of August.’ [George Lindley – Orchard Guide p.167/1831].



Ficus carica ‘Large white from Provence’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. ‘Fruit large, oblong, with a short foot-stalk. Skin white and thin. Pulp white, but often more or less tinged with purple, sweet and rich. Ripe in August.’ [George Lindley – Orchard Guide p.167/1831].



Ficus carica ‘Large white Genoa’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. ‘Fruit large, globular, a little lengthened towards the stalk. Skin thin, of a yellowish colour when fully ripe. Pulp red, of a good flavour. Ripe about the end of August. Mr. Forsyth says this bears two crops annually.’ [George Lindley – Orchard Guide p.167/1831].



Ficus carica ‘Nerii’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. ‘Fruit rather less than the Marseilles, and more long in shape. Skin pale greenish yellow. Pulp similar in colour to that of a pomegranate. It is much the richest of its species; and there is in its juice a slight degree of very delicate acid, which renders it peculiarly agreeable to most palates.’ [George Lindley – Orchard Guide p.167/1831].



Ficus carica ‘Singleton Perpetual’

A cultivar of Ficus carica L. It was probably brought from Italy by J. H. Vivian Esq. It was grown by Mr. Barron in the greenhouse of his house, ‘Singleton’. A correspondent to 'The Gardeners Chronicle' described it as ‘white, much smaller than Marseille, and prolific as an Orlean plum, every joint of every branch of proper growth being studded with a fruit. I suggested to Mr. Barron to call it the ‘Singleton perpetual’ which name I think it is entitled to bear until we find some prior claim to its introduction. With a score of plants of this fig I should have no fear of producing a dish every month of the year.’ [Gard. Chron. 1855].

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