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 patula Schltdl. & Cham.

Half-hardy, graceful, evergreen small to medium tree with reddish bark, long, spreading branches and pendulous glaucous green juvenile shoots.  The mature leaves are bright green, usually in threes, to 10cm long.  To 20m.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1826.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Not recorded in the published catalogues.  The first record is in desiderata to Loddiges’ Nursery on the 6th January 1845 [MP A2933-2, p.28].  It may have been obtained from Loddiges’ or from the London Horticultural Society as it was also included among desiderata in a letter to John Lindley dated 15th February 1848 but was not marked ‘arrived’ on Macarthur’s copy [MP A2933-1, p.157].


Published Jul 12, 2009 - 04:08 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 03:29 PM

Leaves, female cones and seeds are figured.  Die Coniferen t.XV, 1840-41.

Pinus patula Schltdl. & Cham. | Die Coniferen t.XV/1840-41 | BHL.  Pinus patula is fig.ii on the left.

Family Pinaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Pinus patula 

Confidence level high