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.

Gleditsia frutescens [Macarthur]

Frutescens means shrubby, bushy [Stearn] and Gleditsia frutescens is probably a shrubby variety, possibly a nursery name for a garden variety of one of the commonly grown species described here.  Perhaps the most likely is Gleditsia sinensis Lam. var. nana, syn. Gleditsia nana Hort. ex Dippel, a dwarf form probably introduced to cultivation between 1840, when Paxton’s Dictionary was originally published, and 1849 when a second edition was published with a supplement.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.518/1857].


See also Gleditschia triacanthos L.

Published Dec 22, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:08 PM

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Unknown, possibly of garden origin

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Gleditschia frutescens 

Confidence level low