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 strobus L.

Tree with round or pyramidal crown, thin bark, except for the lower part of old trees, clusters of long, soft, bluish-green leaves and cones to 10cm long.  To 40m.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1705 [JD] and once the most commonly grown of the five-needle pines in England due to its ornamental habit and fast growth.  Named for Lord Weymouth.  [Hilliers’].  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.62/1824.  Leaves, cone and seeds are illustrated in Die Coniferen.  [Die Coniferen t.XX/1840-41].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [C.74/1843].


Pinus tenuifolia Benth. non Salisb. (1842) = Pinus maximinoi H.E.Moore.  Bentham’s description was only published in 1842 which must cast some doubt on the identification of Macarthur’s plant as Pinus maximinoi which see.  But Johnson’s Dictionary lists Pinus tenuifolia as a species from Guatemala without a date of introduction.  This suggests the Pinus tenuifolia of Bentham rather than Salisbury.

Published Jul 23, 2009 - 04:56 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 03:26 PM

Leaves only are illustrated.  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.62, 1824.

Pinus strobus L. | Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.62/1824 | BHL

Family Pinaceae
Region of origin

Eastern North America

  • Pinus tenuifolia Salisb.
Common Name

Weymouth pine, White pine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Pinus tenuifolia  

Confidence level low