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.

Mahonia fortunei (Lindl.) Fedde

Frost hardy, upright evergreen shrub with up to 13, slender, sharply-toothed leaflet per leaf, and dense, upright racemes of bright yellow flowers in autumn, followed by white-frosted, dark blue berries.  To 1.2m.  [RHSE, Hilliers’, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain by Robert Fortune in 1846.  [JD].  He obtained it from a nursery garden in Northern China. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.150/1850].  One of a number of plants received from Captain Simpson in late 1849 or early 1850, apparently on the same ship as those accompanying Captain P. P. King.  The source is unclear.  [ML A1980-3].  It had been requested of John Lindley on 1st February, 1849 [MP A2933-1, p.182a].


Published Feb 24, 2010 - 03:42 PM | Last updated Jul 14, 2010 - 05:14 PM

Family Berberidaceae
Region of origin


  • Berberis fortunei Lindl.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Berberis Fortuni 

Confidence level high