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 sabiniana Dougl.

Fully-hardy, evergreen conical tree, becoming domed and somewhat straggly with age, with sparse, blue-green leaves, to 30cm long, borne in threes, and ovoid, dark brown female cones, to 25cm long.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain by David Douglas in 1832.  [Hilliers’].  ‘Pinus sabiniana Lamb. - This tree, the gray-leaf pine, was found at many points in the southern Sierra Nevada and the adjacent mountains to the south, as follows: on the west slope of Walker Pass; on the foothills between the latter point and Caliente; on the lower mountain slopes around Tehachapi Valley; on the Liebre Mountains, south of Antelope Valley, extending to a point, on the authority of Mr. Palmer, 20 kilometers east of Liebre Ranch house; and among the foothills near Tejon Ranch (No. 1025).  The tree did not form a forest at any point, but grew with the nut pines scattered about in open places on chaparral slopes, below the yellow and black pines.  [Contributions from the US National Herbarium v.4, p.223/1893].  FS f.964/1853.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [C.73/1857].


Published Jul 23, 2009 - 03:52 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 03:26 PM

Family Pinaceae
Region of origin

Western USA

Common Name

Digger pine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Pinus Sabiniana

Confidence level high