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.

Fagus sylvatica L.

Fully hardy spreading tree with elliptic, wavy-margined leaves, to 10cm long, pale green at first, turning dark green then yellow to orange-brown in autumn.  To 25m.  There are many forms with differing leaf shape, leaf colour, and tree shape.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

An ancient garden plant, widely used for landscaping and hedging.  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.37/1824.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.444/1843].


Published Mar 04, 2009 - 03:35 PM | Last updated Feb 28, 2010 - 12:06 PM

Illustrated are the elliptic, wavy-margined leaves and mature fruit.  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.37, 1824.

Fagus sylvatica L. | Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.37/1824 | BHL

Family Fagaceae
Region of origin

Europe to the Caucasus

  • Fagus sylvestris Gaertn.
Common Name

Common beech

Name in the Camden Park Record

Fagus sylvatica - Beech 

Confidence level high