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 rugosa N

Small to moderate sized evergreen tree or shrub with scaly bark and large leaves, to 10cm long, serrated towards the end.  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Hidalgo; type locality, in the Cerro de las Navajas, near Morin.

Twigs rather stout and tomentose ; buds small, subpubescent; leaves deciduous, moderate (3 to 5 cm. wide, 8 to 10 cm. long), glabrate above, dingy-tomentose and reticulate-veiny beneath, elliptic-obovate, obtuse, cordate, rather short-petioled, callously crenate or coarsely and subpungently low-serrate above; fruit long-peduncled; acorn unknown, the rather small shallow cup with acute appressed scales.’  [Contributions from the United States National Herbarium vol.23, Standley – Trees and Shrubs of Mexico,  p.184/1920-26].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.809/1850].  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 macrophylla Née, Quercus rugosa Née, Quercus crassifolia Humb. & Bonpl. and Quercus magnoliifolia Née are often regarded as similar but unrelated species.

Published Feb 03, 2010 - 05:10 PM | Last updated Feb 03, 2010 - 05:13 PM

Family Fagaceae
Region of origin

Mexico and south western North America

  • Quercus macrophylla (Née) var. rugosa Wenz.
  • Quercus crassifolia Humb. & Bonpl.
  • Quercus magnoliifolia Née
  • Quercus spicata Humb. & Bonpl.
Common Name

Net-leaf oak

Name in the Camden Park Record

Quercus rugosa 

Confidence level high