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 incana Roxb. non Bartr.

Frost-hardy, small evergreen tree or large shrub with narrow, pointed, toothed oval leaves, white-felted below.  [RHSD, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Quercus incana, Roxburgh.  Himalayas, at elevations between 3,000 and 8,000 feet. A beautiful evergreen tree of great dimensions.  Mr. Simmonds reminds us that a silkworm (Antheraea Roylei), producing large cocoons, lives on this Oak.’  [Von Mueller - Select Extra-Tropical Plants readily eligible for Industrial Culture or Naturalisation, NSW Edition p.279/1881].

Quercus lanata was introduced to Britain in 1818, from Nepal.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.803/1845].  Quercus lanata was included in a consignment of plants sent from Kew by John Bidwill in November 1843 [AJCP] and this is the probable source.


Published Feb 03, 2010 - 03:27 PM | Last updated Feb 03, 2010 - 03:33 PM

Family Fagaceae
Region of origin


  • Quercus lanata Sm.
  • Quercus leucotrichophora A.Camus
Common Name

Wooly-leaved oak

Name in the Camden Park Record

Quercus lanata 

Confidence level high