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 pseudostrobus Lindl.

Half-hardy, evergreen, broadly conical tree, becoming domed with age, with smooth bark, pendulous, apple-green leaves borne in fives, to 25cm long, and ovoid cones, to 14cm long.  To 35m.  [RHSD, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Europe in 1839.  [JD].  ‘Mr. Hartweg describes this [Pinus pseudostrobus] as allied to Pinus Devoniana, but quite distinct and resembling P. Strobus in habit; he found it very common at Anganguco, about 8000 feet above the sea.  The leaves are fine and glaucous, like those of the Weymouth Pine.  The cones are about four inches long, by an inch and half in breadth over the middle.’  [BR misc.99/1839].  ‘Large tree, the trunk sometimes nearly 2 meters in diameter; bark smooth at first, becoming very rough in old age, the branches slender, verticillate; leaves 15 to 30 cm. long, pendent; cones 7 to 14 cm. long, early deciduous.  “Pinb real” (Durango, Patoni).’  [Contributions from the US National Herbarium – Trees and Shrubs of Mexico vol. 23 part 1, p.56/1920].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [C.70/1845]. 


The name usually recognised today for this plant plant is Pinus maximinoi H.E.Moore, which see.  Pinus tenuifolia Benth. is also included in the Camden Park catalogues and I have chosen to record Pinus pseudo-strobus and Pinus tenuifolia of the catalogues separately with a more detailed review of the taxonomic status of the species given under Pinus maximinoi H.E.Moore.

Published Jul 22, 2009 - 05:07 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 03:27 PM

Family Pinaceae
Region of origin

Central America

  • Pinus maximinoi H.E.Moore
  • Pinus apulcensis Lindl.
  • Pinus tenuifolia Benth.
  • Pinus orizabae Gord.
Common Name

Smooth-barked Mexican pine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Pinus pseudo-strobus

Confidence level high