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 polymorpha Schltdl. and Cham.

Semi-evergreen tree with grey to brown bark, rounded leaves, serrate towards the tips, acorns usually 1 or 2, pedunculated.  To 20m.

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Veracruz, Nuevo Leon, and San Luis PotosI; type locality, near Jalapa. Veracruz. Said to be the chief component of the forest on the Uaxac Canal, Guatemala.

Medium-sized deciduous tree with rather slender glabrous twigs and somewhat hairy buds 4 mm. in diameter and 6 mm. long; leaves rather large (3 to 6 cm. wide. 7 to 13 cm. long), lightly glaucous and sometimes rusty-woolly beneath, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic, obtuse, often subcordate, slender-petioled, entire or crenately few-toothed at end ; acorn oblong, about 10 mm. in diameter and 20 mm. long, half included, the rounded cup with acute appressed scales.’  [Contributions from the United States National Herbarium vol.23, Standley – Trees and Shrubs of Mexico,  p.181/1920-26].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.807/1850].  Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  Regarded by Macarthur as new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].


Quercus petiolaris Boiss. and Reut. (1853) = Quercus lusitanica Lam.  This is not Macarthur’s plant.

Published Feb 03, 2010 - 04:14 PM | Last updated Feb 03, 2010 - 04:18 PM

Family Fagaceae
Region of origin


  • Quercus petiolaris Benth.
  • Quercus varians Mart. & Gal.
Common Name

Mexican white oak, Net-leaf white oak, Monteray oak

Name in the Camden Park Record

Quercus petiolaris 

Confidence level high