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.

Hedging Species

It seems probable that a good number of the plants introduced to Camden Park were considered possible candidates for living fences.

Shepherdia argentea (Pursh) Nutt.

Fully hardy, slow-growing, upright, bushy, deciduous shrub, often tree-like, with oblong leaves, to 5cm long, and small yellow-green flowers in spring, followed on female plants by ovoid, sour-tasting, bright red fruit.  To 4m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].  A useful hedging species.

Tecomaria capensis (Thunb.) Spach.

Frost tender, erect, scrambling, evergreen shrub with slender stems, 5-7 toothed, slender leaflets per leaf and racemes of slender, tubular, orange to scarlet flowers, up to 7cm long, in summer.  To 7m.  [RHSE, Hilliers’, Hortus].

Ulex europaeus L.

Fully hardy bushy shrub with spine-tipped green shoots, rigid, spine-like leaves, to 2.5cm long, and solitary, axillary pea-like bright yellow flowers, to 2cm long, mainly in the spring.  To 2.5m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

x Crataemespilus grandiflora Camus

Apparently naturally occurring Crataegus laevigata (Poir.) DC. x Mespilus germanica L. hybrid.  Frost-hardy shrub or small, broad-headed tree with ovate, occasionally lobed, hairy leaves, to 7cm, turning yellow-brown before dropping, and prolific white flowers borne in groups of 2 or 3, followed by brownish haws, resembling small medlars.  An apparently sterile hybrid found growing wild in France about 1800.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’].

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