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.

Pinus canariensis C.Smith

Frost-hardy, conical evergreen tree, becoming domed with age, with fissured, reddish bark, single, long-lived, bluish juvenile leaves, spreading adult leaves, to 30cm long, in threes, and ovoid female cones, to 20cm long.  To 25m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1815.  [JD].  A photograph of Pinus canariensis growing in the Sydney Botanic Garden appeared in the Agricultural Gazette of NSW.  [June 2nd, p.3/1908].  ‘P. canariensis Ch. Smith.  “Canary Pine”. […] A beautiful long-leaved Pine which does well in comparatively dry situations and calcareous soils.  It does only indifferently well in Sydney, but is a very useful tree in many parts of the State.’  [J.H.Maiden Agricultural Gazette of NSW  June 2nd/1908].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [C.56/1845].


Published Jul 19, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 03:29 PM

A photograph of Pinus canariensis growing in the Sydney Botanic Garden.  Agricultural Gazette of NSW, June 2nd, p.3, 1908.

Pinus canariensis C.Smith | Agricultural Gazette of NSW, June 2nd, p.3/1908 | BHL

Family Pinaceae
Region of origin

Canary Islands

Common Name

Canary Islands pine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Pinus Canariensis  

Confidence level high