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.

Quercus cerris L.

Fully-hardy, fast-growing, spreading, deciduous tree with grey white bark which splits into large plates, lance-shaped, deeply lobed or toothed leaves, to 12cm long, and solitary or small groups of acorns, to 4cm long.  To 30m.  It occurs naturally in many forms.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to England in 1735.  [JD].  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.17/1824.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.797/1843].  Probably a very early introduction to the gardens.  Edward Macarthur provided seed to the Sydney Botanic Garden in 1823.  [RBGS AB].


Quercus cerris Blanco (1837) = Castanopsis javanica A.DC.

Quercus cerris DC. (1805) = Quercus toza Gillet ex Bosc

Quercus cerris Pall. (1789) = Quercus robur L.

Published Feb 03, 2010 - 02:54 PM | Last updated Feb 03, 2010 - 02:59 PM

Figured are the deeply lobed leaves and ripe acorn.  Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.17, 1824.

Quercus cerris L. | Saint-Hilaire Arb. pl.17/1824 | BHL

Family Fagaceae
Region of origin

Central and southern Europe

Common Name

Turkey oak, Kermes oak

Name in the Camden Park Record

Quercus cerris - Turkey Oak 

Confidence level high